If you have a DUI/DWI conviction, or if you refused a breathalyzer test in South Carolina, the result is a suspended driver’s license. Not being able to drive makes a big impact on the most important factors of daily life, such as getting to work each day. That is why it is crucial to understand how to go about requesting a reinstatement of your driver’s license.

You must meet certain requirements before you can apply for a license reinstatement. The following information will explain the basics of how you can begin this process:

How to get a provisional driver’s license

Not all cases of suspended licenses are the same. If your DUI is a first offense, you may be eligible to apply for a six-month provisional driver’s license. You must meet several requirements to apply. If your blood alcohol content (BAC) was higher than .14, you cannot qualify. You also have to enroll in a special program called the Alcohol and Drug Safety Action Program, or ADSAP. There is a $100 fee associated with the provisional driver’s license. Being that it is provisional, it is temporary until you get your license back.

How to reinstate your license

The process of license reinstatement in South Carolina is lengthy and complicated. Once the state notifies you of your license suspension, or once police arrest you on charges of DUI/DWI, you have 30 days to request a hearing with the Department of Motor Vehicles. This is a crucial first step, and you must not miss this deadline. If authorities have revoked your license, you must meet certain requirements to request reinstatement. In addition to completing the ADSAP program, if you have had multiple offenses, you must also install an ignition interlock device on your vehicle. There are reinstatement fees as well.

Reinstating your license is an essential step to get your autonomy back, after a DUI or DWI arrest and/or conviction. If you have questions about how to proceed, you should seek the professional advice of a criminal defense attorney who specializes in helping people reinstate their licenses in South Carolina.