How do I get my suspended driver’s license reinstated in Oklahoma?
Updated: Mar 24, 2021
If your license was suspended for fraud, an out-of-state criminal conviction, mental or physical ailments, or displaying a forged insurance form, you may request reinstatement by appealing to district court.
If your license was suspended because you didn’t pay child support, you may obtain reinstatement by complying with the support order.
If your license was suspended for DUI, you may reinstate your license by participating in IDAP.
If your license was suspended for not paying fines and costs on a traffic ticket, or for not appearing in court, you may reinstate your license by getting a release form the court clerk.
If your license was suspended for driving without insurance, you may reinstate by obtaining insurance.
The State agency that governs the granting, and the suspension, of driver’s licenses in Oklahoma is the Department of Public Safety (DPS). This post will discuss the process of obtaining a reinstatement of your license in more detail, below.
Fraud. If your driver’s license was revoked because you fraudulently obtained your license, displayed a license that contained false information, or fraudulently used your license, you may get your license reinstated by appealing from DPS to district court in the county where you allegedly committed the fraud.
Failure to pay Child Support. If you don’t pay child support, then either a district court, of the Office of Administrative Hearings (OAH) of the Department of Human Services may revoke your driver’s license. If you're looking for an experienced child support attorney, Persaud Law Office can help you.
If either a district court or OAH revokes your license, Oklahoma law says your license shall be reinstated when
a court or OAH says you’ve complied with the child support order, or when a court or OAH otherwise authorizes reinstatement, and
you have paid reinstatement fees to DPS.
Also, if OAH revokes your license, you may appeal the revocation to district court. If a district court revokes your license, you may appeal from district court to the state Supreme Court. Lawyers experienced in appellate law can assist you in handling the appeal process.
Effective November 1, 2020, the state will no longer be allowed to revoke your driver's license for failure to pay child support.
Conviction in another state. If your license was suspended because you were convicted of a crime in another state, you may appeal the suspension to the district court in the county where you live.
Alcohol and Drugs. If your license was revoked for:
Driving while under the influence
Refusal to submit to blood-or breath alcohol test, or
Having any measurable quantity of alcohol in blood or breath when under 21
Then you may reinstate your driving privilege by participating in the Improved Driver Accountability Program (IDAP). Click here to see how to enter IDAP, and how IDAP works.
In addition to participating in IDAP, you must also:
Participate in an alcohol and drug assessment, and
Pay a $290.00 reinstatement fee to DPS.
Failure to pay fines and costs. If your license was suspended because you didn’t pay the fines and costs for a moving traffic violation, you may have your license reinstated by
· showing proof of payment of the total amount of fines and costs, or a release from the court clerk, and
· paying reinstatement fees to DPS
In “cases of extreme and unusual hardship” – a court may place you on a payment plan, and then send a release to DPS. Court may send another suspension request to DPS if you fail to honor the payment plan. Also, court may order that you be eligible for a “provisional license” under 47 O.S. § 6-212. A provisional license will allow you to drive
Between your home and your workplace (or potential workplace, if you are looking for a job);
During the scope and course of your job;
Between your home and a college, university or technology center;
Between your home and your child's school or day care provider;
Between your home and a place of worship; or
Between your home and any court-ordered treatment program,
You can keep a provisional license as long as you pay a minimum of $25.00 per month toward your driver’s license reinstatement fees.
Mental or physical ailments. If your license was canceled because of mental or physical ailments, you may have your license reinstated by appealing to district court.
Failure to appear in court for traffic violation. If you are suspended for failing to appear in court after you get a traffic ticket, you can get your license back by:
Appearing in court, and obtaining a release from the judge or court clerk, and sending the release to DPS; and
Paying a $25.00 processing fee to DPS.
Forged Insurance Verification Form. If you are suspended for displaying a forged insurance verification form, you can get your license back by:
Appealing to district court; or
If you lose your appeal, or you do not appeal to district court, you have to wait until the time period of the suspension is up, and then you have to pay $275.00 to DPS.
Driving without Insurance. If you are suspended for driving without insurance, you can get your license back by:
Obtaining insurance and sending proof of insurance to DPS, and
Paying a $275.00 reinstatement fee to DPS.
Drug Court. If you are charged with any crime, and you are allowed to enter drug court, you can get your license reinstated by graduating from drug court.
A suspended driver’s license can be devastating, inconvenient, and can impair your livelihood. If the State has suspended your driver’s license, you often don’t need to accept the suspension lying down.