In order to operate a motor vehicle in Wisconsin, the state requires drivers to abide by a number of road rules and regulations. Those who fail to adhere to the driving laws of the state will face a drivers license suspension.
Common Reasons for Drivers License Suspension
There are many offenses that can lead to a driving license suspension. The state of Wisconsin enforces severe consequences and penalties for those who choose not to drive safely and responsibly.
Below are several examples of convictions that can ultimately have your driver's license suspended or revoked:
- RD - Reckless driving
- VUF - Vehicle used in commission of felony
- OWI - Operating under the influence of intoxicant or controlled substance
- FPF - Failure to pay forfeiture
- D - Drug convictions
- UAL - Underage alcohol
- HTO - Habitual Traffic Offender
- CWI - Commercial operating while intoxicated
- UAO - Underage alcohol operation
- JCS - Juvenile controlled substances
- FD - Found delinquent
- DQF - Disqualification
- PAC - Prohibited alcohol concentration
- ACF - Accident conviction fatal
- S - Speeding
- GBH - Great bodily harm
- FA - Falsified application
How to Reinstate a Suspended Drivers License in Person
If your Wisconsin driver's license has been suspended, you will be able to have your driving privileges restored once you have fulfilled all the reinstatement requirements. The best way to find out what your requirements are is to visit the Wisconsin Department of Motor Vehicles website and access the Reinstatement Eligibility Inquiry page.
After inputting all the necessary details, you will be provided with information about your suspended drivers license reinstatement requirements. Take note that if you have any pending convictions or offenses, the date in which you can get your drivers license back will be delayed. If you must complete the reinstatement process in person, you will receive further instructions on how to do so.
How to Reinstate a Suspended Drivers License Online
To review your eligibility for reinstatement online, you will need to pay your reinstatement fee with either a debit card or credit card, such as MasterCard, Visa, American Express or Discover. A $1 handling fee will apply to utilize this online service.
Once your online transaction is complete, you will be given accept to a receipt that includes your photograph. This driving receipt will serve as a temporary driver's license. In order to view and print out this crucial document, you must have Adobe Reader on your computer.
Revocation vs. Suspension
Oftentimes drivers may be confused about the difference between a revoked drivers license and a suspended driving license. The two mainly differ on the following: the conviction penalties of driving with your license suspended/revoked, and your necessary reinstatement requirements.
With a revocation, you are required to submit proof of insurance in order to restore your driving privileges whereas with a suspended license you do not. If you are trying to reinstate your revoked license, you will be asked to file proof of insurance.
For more information, contact the Wisconsin Division of Motor Vehicles at 608-264-7447. You may also reach them by fax at 608-267-3812.