In the state of Pennsylvania, your drivers license can be suspended to a number of reasons; therefore it's crucial that you abide by the rules of the road, in order to protect yourself and those around you. To learn about all of the different ways you can incur a drivers license suspension in Pennsylvania and how to reinstate your documentation after it is suspended or revoked, consider the sections below.
Common Reasons for Drivers License Suspension
Some situations that may result in your drivers license suspension include accumulation of driving points, driving under the influence (whether it's of alcohol or drugs), refusing a blood alcohol concentration test, failure to pay child support and failure to obtain insurance, among others.
Pennsylvania Drivers License Point System
A driver will get a suspended drivers license if they accumulate too many points on their record. The drivers license suspension period will depend on the offense committed, if there were any other previous incidents and the number of points all together.
For a full and thorough explanation about the Pennsylvania Point System, take a look at the Point System Fact Sheet.
Second Accumulation of Six Points on Drivers License
This may result in a 15-day drivers license suspension in Pennsylvania, as well as an order for the driver to take a special on-road driver's examination. If your drivers license is suspended, two points will be removed from the driving record.
Third or Additional Accumulation of Six Points
This may result in a request for the driver to attend a Departmental hearing whereby one's driving record will be carefully looked at. Said hearing will determine whether or not the driver should receive a 30-day drivers license suspension.
If a Pennsylvania driver is convicted of driving 31 mph or more over the speed limit, he or she is required to attend a Departmental Hearing as punishment. Said hearing will determine whether or not the driver should receive a 15-day PA drivers license suspension and/or a special on-road driver's test.
How to Reinstate a Suspended Drivers License Online/by Phone
The requirements you will have to meet in order to reinstate suspended drivers license documents depend on your individual situation. However, to facilitate the process and make the steps crystal clear, you should receive a letter in the mail from PennDOT that will mention what you must do to regain your driving license. Be on the lookout for this letter approximately 30 days prior to your eligibility date. There are no fees associated with receiving this letter.
In any case, the process typically requires suspended drivers to wait out their suspension periods and pay all restoration fees online via the DOT online portal or by phone at 800-932-4600. Then you may go to a local DOT office to pick up your reinstated Pennsylvania drivers license.
If you have quick and easy access to a computer, you may also view your list of requirements online. But if you have specific questions pertaining to your unique case, do not hesitate to call the PennDOT customer service line at 1-800-932-4600 (if you are calling from within Pennsylvania) or 717-412-5300 (if you are calling from a different state). A customer service representative will also be able to assist you to get a copy of your suspended drivers license reinstatement requirements if you cannot print them from the Web.
Suspended Drivers License Reinstatement Forms
The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation offers several forms pertaining to drivers license suspension and restoration. Some of these forms are:
- Special Point Examination Location List (DL-248L)
- Non-Commercial Driver's License Application to Change/Correct/Replace (DL-80)
- Application to Extend an Occupational Limited License (DL-31OLL)
- Acknowledgement of Suspension/Revocation/Disqualification as Required Under Section 1541 of the Vehicle Code (DL-16LC)
- Limited License Affidavit (DL-15A)
- Ignition Interlock Employment Exemption Affidavit (DL-3805)
- Probationary License Renewal Application (DL-143PL)