Tennessee Criminal Defense

How Do I Get My License Back After a DUI?

DUI charges carry a number of consequences, but perhaps none is more annoying or frustrating than having your driver’s license suspended or revoked. Losing your ability to transport yourself to and from your job and your appointments can be a huge hassle and can place you at the graces of those around you. So if you’ve had your license suspended or temporarily revoked, how do you go about regaining your driving privilege? There are a few ways you can; let’s take a look at them now.


When you are arrested and charged with DUI, you will have 10 days to request an administrative hearing with the DMV. This is an extremely important step you should not ignore—failing to request one of these hearings means your license revocation is confirmed and you will be subjected to the mandatory minimum suspension.

At your hearing, you and your Murfreesboro DUI lawyer will attempt to demonstrate that your license suspension is unwarranted to a panel of DMV officials who are often already determined to uphold the officer’s revocation of your license and keep you off the road. If you are successful in your hearing, you can reinstate your license immediately, however, it does not excuse you from the criminal trial you will also face as part of your arrest.


Whether you have won your DMV hearing or you have finished serving all penalties for your DUI, you can opt to reinstate your full license once the DMV says you can (they’ll usually send you a letter a few weeks before you become eligible). First, you must pay your license reinstatement fee. The amount of your fee depends on the nature of your case; for example, repeat offenders usually pay more. You can choose to do this online, at your local DOS Reinstatement Office, by phone, or by mail.

Once you have paid your fee, you may re-obtain your license. However, while you are free to drive where you would like, you may still be required to fulfill a few restrictions, including continuing to use an ignition interlock device if you have been ordered to do so.


When your license is revoked or suspended, you may be eligible to obtain a restricted license, which grants you driving privileges in a limited capacity for the duration of your sentence. In order to do this, first, you must pay any outstanding court costs or fines. Second, you must present a form SR-22 to the DMV, which is a proof of financial responsibility. This is usually a form of high-liability insurance, and companies will usually send you a proof that you can bring to the DMV. Once this is done, you may be required to bring your vehicle to a State-authorized installer and have it outfitted with an ignition interlock device (though this may not be required). Once all of these prerequisites are completed, the court will give you an order that grants you a restricted license, which you can then take to the DMV, along with your SR-22 insurance proof, and obtain by paying a fee. Be sure to keep all of these documents with you when driving.

If you need assistance with a DUI case, Crain & Flatt Attorneys at Law can offer you exceptional representation and knowledgeable counsel to guide you through the process. As a Murfreesboro DUI lawyer, Attorney Crain has been trusted and relied upon by numerous clients, and he takes great pride in giving them the confidence to face their charges and present an aggressive defense. Attorney Crain has earned numerous awards and accolades for his practice, including a perfect 10.0 Superb rating from Avvo and selection as one of the Top 100 Trial Lawyers by The National Trial Lawyers.

If you are facing a license suspension as a result of DUI charges, don’t hesitate to pick up the phone and call Crain & Flatt Attorneys at Law now! Dial (615) 200-9409.