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What are the steps to reinstate your driver's license?

There are several ways you may lose your Massachusetts driver's license, including getting a conviction for driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol. Once your suspension has expired, there are a few tasks you may need to complete in order to reinstate your license. The specifics of your case may determine the exact requirements you need to meet to get your license back.

You may find detailed instructions for reinstating your license on the Commonwealth of Massachusetts website. Getting your license back usually involves paying a fee. The cost of the reinstatement fee varies depending on the circumstances that caused your license suspension. State law indicates that fees may cost up to $1200. Along with paying the fee, you may also have to pass one or more exams, such as a leaner's permit exam and/or a road test. If your license suspension was longer than two years, you must take both the exam and the road test. There are also strict requirements to reinstate a CDL: The state requires you to pass the CDL road test and CDL permit exam.

In some cases, you may need to attend a class or complete a training program before applying to reinstate your license. There are several different programs that the Registry of Motor Vehicles may require. For example, if your suspension came from a DUI offense, you may have to complete an alcohol education or counseling program. There are also retraining programs and courses designed to educate drivers about road rage. The RMV may require you to show proof that you enrolled in and/or completed a necessary course.

This general information on reinstating a driver's license in Massachusetts is intended to educate and should not be interpreted as legal advice.

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