To err is to be human, and many of us err when we are behind the wheel. Maybe you ran a red, missed a stop sign, or were caught speeding on your way to work one morning after sleeping in. With each violation and ticket, you are given points on your license like a score of each time you break a regulation or law. One day, you receive a letter in the mail saying that your license has been revoked because you have reached at least 12 points on your license. What do you do then? Will they give your license back like after a suspension? How are you going to get to work? Pick up the kids? Having your license taken away really puts a wrench into your life. If you’re looking for ways in which to get your license back, or to fight the revocation, an Annapolis defense attorney may be exactly what you need.
What’s the difference between a license suspension and a license revocation?
Think of a license suspension as a temporary “time-out” for your driving privileges. When your license is suspended, it means you can’t drive for a specified period, but you can usually get it back once the suspension period is over, assuming you meet certain conditions like paying fines or completing a required program. Gaining eight points on your license will qualify you for a suspension.
On the other hand, a license revocation is like a more serious “takeaway” of your driving privileges. When your license is revoked, it’s gone, and you can’t drive. To get it back, you typically need to go through a lengthy process, which may include reapplying for a new license, passing exams, and demonstrating a significant change in your circumstances. Obtaining 12 points on your license will cause a license revocation.
How can an Annapolis defense attorney help me with my revoked license?
When your driver’s license is revoked, a defense attorney like me, Drew Cochran, can provide essential assistance by using their legal know-how to assess your case, offer tailored advice, and guide you through the complex legal process. I can help you appeal the revocation, negotiate with authorities to potentially reduce penalties, challenge evidence and procedures, and advocate on your behalf in court. Additionally, I can work towards the restoration of your license by helping you meet requirements and navigate the reinstatement process.
What steps do I need to take to get my license back?
If you think you qualify to get your driver’s license back, here are the steps you should take as per Maryland’s DOT:
- Create a MyMVA account online. This lets you upload your documents securely to the Motor Vehicle Administration (MVA) and gives you 24/7 access to your case info and updates. You can make your account at maryland.gov/online-services
. Or, if you prefer, you can call the Driver Wellness and Safety Division at 410-768-7553.
- Record check. The MVA will check your driving record for things like insurance or child support violations that might stop you from getting your license back. If they find an issue, they’ll send you a letter explaining why you can’t reinstate your license. If everything looks good, they’ll send you an application form.
- Submit the application. Once you’ve filled out the application for getting your driver’s license back, you can upload it and pay the fees directly to the MVA through your MyMVA account. Alternatively, you can mail the application and fees to the Driver Wellness and Safety Division at their address.
- Approved or denied. After they get your application and fees, the MVA will make a final decision on whether you can reinstate your driver’s license. They’ll send you a letter telling you if it’s approved or denied. Sometimes, they might place restrictions on your driving, like an Interlock device. If your license is approved for reinstatement, take the letter to any full-service MVA branch office to apply for a new license. You might need to retake some tests, like the law, vision, or driving skills tests. You’ll also need to meet all the MVA eligibility requirements.
If the MVA denies your request to reinstate your driver’s license, you can appeal their decision to the Office of Administrative Hearings.
Can I get a new license right away?
Unfortunately, even before you can begin the process of attempting to have your license reinstated, you have to wait a certain time period.
The minimum amount of time you must wait before requesting reinstatement of your license after it was revoked depends upon the number of times you have had your Maryland driver’s license revoked:
- One revocation – 6 month waiting period
- Two revocations – 12 month waiting period
- Three revocations – 18 month waiting period
- Four or more revocations – 24 month waiting period
Depending on your situation, you may have to go without your license or any hope of a license for up to two years. After you have waited the appropriate amount of time, then you may apply for a new license.
My name is Drew Cochran, and I know how a revoked license can interrupt your life. At Drew Cochran, Attorney at Law, my team and I want to help. We know the ins and outs of Annapolis’ laws and ordinances, and if there’s a way to get your license back quicker, we’ll find it. If you are trying to contest your revocation, or trying to appeal the MVA’s decision to deny your reinstatement, then you should contact us today. To schedule an appointment in Annapolis or Ellicott City, call us or use our contact form. We’re here to help you in sticky situations like this.
Just remember — Keep Calm, and Call Drew!