How To Reinstate a Suspended Pennsylvania License

Do you need to reinstate your suspended Pennsylvania drivers license? The reinstatement process doesn't have to be complicated, but make sure you do it in a timely manner.

Driving with a suspended Pennsylvania drivers license is a serious offense with serious consequences. A suspended license can even result in jail time if not reinstated. We've collected helpful information to assist you with everything you need to reinstate your Pennsylvania license. Select from the options below to get started.

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1: Get Started with Online Application Assistance

Online application assistance services in Pennsylvania can facilitate the processes involved in many DOT related services by providing invaluable information and step-by-step instruction on how best to proceed. Whether you are looking to renew, replace or get a new PA driver’s license or ID card, online application assistance services can help with these and many more. Other benefits include one-click access to an entire inventory of official Pennsylvania forms and publications, as well as other useful PA resources.

2: By mail

Some drivers prefer to handle the renewal process by mail, rather than taking advantage of assistance services, visiting the DVS in person, or via available online services. Service by mail is available with limitations. Read below for additional details or visit your local DVS.

3: Via a DVS office

If your specific needs require an in-person visit, most, if not all, driver license services can be handled at your local DVS office. Varying DVS offices sometimes supply different types of services so you will need to check before your visit to make sure the DVS closest to you provides the service you require. In addition, you can call to see if your DVS allows you to make a personal appointment.

Reasons for a Suspended Pennsylvania Drivers License

Driving Under the Influence - DUI

Driving while under the influence of drugs or alcohol will result in suspension of your driving privileges for a period determined by the number of similar violations and the time between violations. A DUI may result in a suspension for as little as 6 months with your first conviction. Further convictions may result in a suspension for up to 10 years. You will also be required to complete a DUI program before your license is reinstated.

Depending on the degree of your violation, you may be able to apply for a restricted license allowing you to drive between school and work. Additional DUIs may result in further suspension.

Occupational Limited License (OLL)

First time offenders who have had their license suspended for the first time may be eligible for an Occupational Limited License (OLL) once they've completed at least 60 days of their suspension. However, it's important to note that if your license has been revoked you will not be eligible for said license. In order to apply for an Occupational Limited License, you must do the following:

  1. Complete Form DL-15 - Occupational Limited License Petition (see link below).
  2. Send to address listed on form, along with appropriate fee
  3. PennDOT will then determine whether or not you're eligible
  4. If you qualify, you will receive a OLL camera card in the mail
  5. Go to the nearest Photo License Center to have your picture taken and receive your OLL

Ignition Interlock Device

If you have at least a 12 month suspension, you will be required to use an ignition interlock device in your vehicle for a year. This device must be installed in any vehicle that is owned, including those on a lease, before you can restore your driving privileges. The purpose of the ignition interlock is to prevent drivers from driving if they have been under the influence of alcohol.

Lack of Auto Insurance

Pennsylvania requires you to main vehicle liability insurance on your car. Failure to do so will suspend your driving privileges for three months. Your registration plate, sticker, card and driver's license has to be handed to PennDOT in order for you to begin completing your suspension period.

Failure to pay Child Support

Your driver's license may be suspended indefinitely if you fail to meet child support payments. Your driving privilege will be restored once you have satisfied the necessary payments. An individual may have their license suspended if any of the following apply to you:

  • You owe child support in the amount equal to or greater than three months of your monthly support obligation
  • You fail to comply with a visitation or partial custody order
  • You fail to comply with subpoenas or warrants relating to paternity or child support proceedings

Other Suspension Violations

There are other major driver's license violations where your license may be suspended and therefore you will be required to have it reinstated. For examples of other violations, see a few reasons below.

Failure to Pay Tickets

If you receive 6 or more tickets or citations and don't fulfill payment obligations, your license will be suspended indefinitely. Tickets must be paid directly to the Philadelphia Parking Authority. For further information, you may reach them at 1-888-591-3636. A $50 Restoration Fee will be required.

Driving Record Points

If you accumulate 11 or more points on your driving record, your license may be suspended.

The length of suspension is determined by how many times your license was previously suspended, as follows:

First Suspension - 5 days per point
Second Suspension - 10 days per point
Third Suspension - 15 days per point
Subsequent Suspensions - One year

Excessive Speeding

If a driver is convicted of speeding 31 miles or more over the legal speed limit, the individual will be required to attend a Departmental Hearing. The Hearing Officer will then determine whether or not a 15 day license suspension should be issued. If you fail to attend the hearing, your license will be automatically suspended for 60 days.