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Restoration of Driving Privileges

To restore a driving privilege following suspension or revocation, the appropriate restoration fee must be paid before the license product can be returned. When the driving privilege is restored, the driving record will show 5 points.

First, attempt to file a PennDOT appeal. This must be done within 30 days from the date of the suspension notice. You must serve PennDOT with a copy of your appeal. After PennDOT receives the appeal, they will send you a notice stating that you may continue to drive. Unless and until you receive such notice from PennDOT, you should NOT drive AFTER the suspension start date.

Second, find out why your license was suspended. The reason your driving privileges were suspended will determine what you need to do to restore your driving privileges. An easy way to do find out is to request a Restoration Requirements letter. A Restoration Requirements Letter may be obtained by contacting PennDOT’s Customer Care Center at 1-800-932-4600 (in Pennsylvania) or 1-717-412-5200 from outside Pennsylvania. You will be required to give your name and date of birth. Your Pennsylvania Driver’s License number is a helpful tool, if the number is available to you. The Restoration Requirements letter will be mailed to your address of record, and will explain everything you need to do to restore your driving privilege.

Third, do what you can to eliminate the reasons for the suspension. Commonly, a license may be suspended for an “indefinite” period or for specific length of time. Indefinite suspensions usually occur when you have failed to do something specific. Term suspensions are usually the result of a conviction.

It is possible to eliminate indefinite suspensions by doing what you have previously failed to do. Be careful to plead “Not Guilty” unless you are absolutely sure that the citation(s) to which you are responding do not result in additional points added to your driving record, and/or suspensions.

If you have outstanding fines, pay them, but only if paying the fines will not result in a term suspension for the underlying conviction. A payment plan may also be arranged with the court, if you request it.

Eliminating term suspension is more difficult, due to the fact that appeals must be filed within the same thirty day period as the PennDOT appeal, but the process of appeal of a conviction is entirely separate and different.

NOTE: The above information is not intended to be a substitute for legal advice or representation. Consult an attorney if you have questions about how this information relates to your specific situation or circumstance.

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