Responsible drivers in the state of Louisiana are expected to adhere to the rules of the road. Failure to do so may result in a drivers license suspension, as well as additional penalties and consequences.
Common Reasons for Drivers License Suspension
A suspended drivers license can be due to violations, offenses and convictions that may include the following:
- Driving under the influence, whether it be drugs or alcohol
- Refusing to take a blood or breath test
- Reckless driving
- Failure to pay child support
- Failure to pay traffic infractions
- Vehicle negligent injury convictions
How to Reinstate a Suspended Drivers License in Person
The steps in which you will be required to follow in order to reinstate your driver's license vary on the type of suspension you have. Generally speaking though, you will be required to do the following:
- Bring any suspension compliance documents with you to the OMV.
- Make sure you have fulfilled any directions and requirements as outlined by the court.
- Submit SR-22 from your car insurance (if applicable)
- Submit payment for any reinstatement fees in person.
The best way to get all the answers to any reinstatement-related questions you may have is to visit your local OMV reinstatement office. Or, if you would prefer to speak to a customer service agent over the phone, you can do so by calling 225-925-6146.
In order to be properly informed of the exact amount you are required to pay for reinstatement of your driver's license, you need to get in touch with an OMV branch. Depending on how you choose to submit your payment, there are different forms of payment the Louisiana Office of Motor Vehicle will accept.
- By phone: Any major credit/debit card, such as Visa or MasterCard.
- By mail: Certified check, cashier's check or money order which must be paid out to the Louisiana OMV.
- In person: Certified check, cashier's check, money order or cash.
Note: A personal check is one form of payment that the Louisiana Office of Motor Vehicles will not accept. If a driver has a pending court case, he or she will need to satisfy any court fees before applying suspended drivers license reinstatement.
Request for an Administrative Hearing
Depending on the type of license suspension that was issued, a motorist may be able to request a Louisiana OMV administrative hearing. This must be done within a month's time of receiving the notice, or after an arrest.
In some cases, the OMV may see fit to allow you to drive with a temporary driver's license until the hearing date arrives. To make it a seamless process for you, your request for an administrative hearing can be made by visiting a nearby Louisiana OMV office. When visiting in person, you will have your license reinstatement processed right away.
However, you also have the option of sending a written request to the address below:
Office of Motor Vehicles
P.O. Box 64886
Baton Rouge, LA 70896
Any request made by mail may take up to 10 business days to process.
The state of Louisiana offers residents who have a driver license suspension the option of obtaining a temporary hardship license. However, it is important to keep in mind that not every state driver will be eligible to receive this license. In order to find out if you qualify, you will need to visit your local OMV reinstatement office, or call 225-925-6146.
A temporary hardship license can only be used for these scenarios:
- Drive to/from place of employment
- Drive to/from school/college
- Drive to/from other approved places