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Costs and Requirements of License Reinstatement After a DUI Conviction

Jeff Cole
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You understood why the officer took your license away when he pulled you over. However, you didn’t realize that when you handed it over, you would be relinquishing your right to drive for up to a year—and after that time, you would have to go through the license application process all over again.

License Reinstatement After a DUI in South Dakota

In South Dakota, your license can be revoked for driving under the influence (DUI), refusing to submit to a roadside BAC test, having too many points on your driving record, or by failing to have proper auto insurance. Unlike a license suspension, revocation means you must apply for a new license once you are eligible for license reinstatement.

In order to get your license back, you will be required to go through the application process, including:

  • Fees. You must complete a new license application and pay the application fees, but you must also pay reinstatement fees before your license can be validated.
  • Retesting. Since you are applying for a brand new license, you will be required to retake the vision and driver knowledge tests over again. If your case requires it, you may have to retake a road skills test.
  • SR-22. All offenders who are convicted of DUI must file insurance form SR-22 with the state. This form is an attestation that you have minimum insurance coverage on all of the vehicles you own, and guarantees that you will meet insurance requirements for the length of your probation. This form must be filed every year until your probationary period expires. If you don't own a vehicle, you are still required to have insurance coverage for any vehicle you drive.
  • Increased premiums. After a DUI, your insurance premiums will likely increase—or the insurer may cancel your policy outright. Since you are required to have insurance, providers may use your "high-risk" driver status in order to charge you more for coverage.

How Much Will it Cost to Get My License Reinstated?

In most cases, it can cost anywhere from $50 to $250 to get your driving rights reinstated after a DUI. To find out how to prevent a conviction from costing you both financially and professionally, call Zimmer, Duncan and Cole, LLP today at 888-733-2992 to speak to an attorney.


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