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Suspended driver’s license? – What you need to do

March 3, 2023   ·   0 Comments

By Brian Lockhart

Chances are, if you live in this region, you need to drive to work, the grocery store, the bank, and many other locations.

If your driver’s license has been suspended, there is a protocol you need to follow to have your license reinstated.

Your license could be suspended at the side of the road, by a court-ordered suspension, or if you receive a suspension letter from the Ministry of Transport. A court will order a suspension if you are convicted of violating certain driving-related laws.

There are several reasons your driver’s license could be suspended. These include having alcohol in your blood, refusal to give a breath sample when asked by police, failure to insure your vehicle, breaking the graduated licensing rules for new drives, and accumulating too many demerit points on your driving record.

You could also be suspended if you fail to attend a demerit point interview, have an unsatisfactory interview, fail to pay a claim or court judgment or failure to pay court-ordered child or spousal support.

If you want your license to be reinstated, you must pay any outstanding fines, complete any court process or court order programs needed to clear the suspension. You should gather any documents that state that the suspension has been lifted.

Once a suspension lifts, you can renew your driver’s license. But you will have to visit a Drive Test centre.

If your full class license has been suspended for more than one year, you need to take certain tests.

If it has been suspended for one to three years, you will need to take an eye test. If your license has been suspended for between three and 10 years, you will need to take a written knowledge test, eye test, and two road tests.

If your license has been suspended for ten or more years, you must re-apply as a new driver and take all required tests.

If you have been convicted of dangerous driving, you need to successfully complete a driver improvement interview, successfully complete a re-examination, and pay the applicable fees.

Driving is a privilege, not a right, and you should treat your license accordingly and always obey the rules of the road.

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