In order to legally drive in the state of Alabama, a motorist is required to adhere to the rules of the road at all times. Failure to drive safely and responsibly will result in a drivers license suspension.
Common Reasons for Drivers License Suspension
Although there are various instances that may cause the suspension of your license, the most common scenarios include the following:
- You have committed an offense in another state that would be the result of a suspension in Alabama.
- You have been convicted of multiple offenses.
- You are a habitually reckless or negligent driver.
- You have allowed fraudulent use of your driving license.
- You have failed to submit payment for a traffic violation.
- You have failed to maintain car insurance.
- You have failed to maintain SR22 insurance when required.
- You have failed to pay child support.
- You have been convicted of drag racing.
- You have convicted of driving under the influence.
- You have been deemed incompetent to drive a vehicle.
The Alabama Law Enforcement Agency employs a point system for state drivers. A driving license is suspended if there is an accumulation of points within a certain period. For example, if you have between 12 to 14 points within a two-year period, you will be issued a suspended driving license for 60 days.
Some offenses that may result in points against your license include:
- Following too closely - three points
- Reckless driving - six points
- Improper lane violation - two points
- Speeding violation up to 25mph over speed limit - two points
- Speeding violation that is more than 25pph over the speed limit - five points
- Disregarding traffic control device such as a stop sign or traffic light - three points
- Passing stopped school bus - five points
- Failure to obey construction or maintenance zone markers - three points
- Failure to yield right of way - five points
- Failure to signal - two points
- Illegal passing - four points
How to Reinstate a Suspended Drivers License in Person
In the event that you have a suspended drivers license, you will receive a notification from the Driver License Division in the mail. A notice will be sent to the address that you have on file. A driver is entitled to request an administrative hearing in writing by sending a letter with your full name, drivers license number and date of birth to:
Driver License Unit
P.O. Box 1471
Montgomery, AL 36102 - 1471
The steps to get your drivers license reinstated will depend on the type of offense you committed. To have your driving privileges restored, a suspended driver is required to submit reinstatement fees and abide by the rules of his or her suspension notice.
For more information about reinstating suspended drivers licenses, contact a driving licensing reinstatement office in your area:
- Opelika -334-737-1665
- Sheffield - 256-383-9991
- Huntsville: 256-536-2365
- Birmingham - 205-252-0426
- Montgomery - 334-242-4259
- Tuscaloosa - 205-553-3511
- Dothan - 334-334-983-5616
- Foley: 251-972-8597
- Jacksonville: 256-782-1322
- Mobile - 251-660-2330, ext. 5