What happens to your license after a DUI?

There are many thoughts that cross your mind after a DUI arrest. You may wonder about how much the court will fine you or spending time in jail. These are valid concerns, but you should not overlook the revocation of your license. In Nebraska, you can lose your driver’s license for up to six months after a DUI.

Think back to the last time you were without your driver’s license. Like most people, you may have been a teenager having to ask for rides. By the time you reached adulthood, you probably forgot how much of a luxury it is to be able to drive yourself from Point A to Point B.

If you’re now wondering how you would get around without your driver’s license, you should pay attention to the requirements for having the department of motor vehicles reinstate your license. Nebraska requires several things to restore your driver's license including:

  • Ignition interlock: A common way to have your driving privileges reinstated is to agree to the installation of an ignition interlock device. This requires you to take and pass a breathalyzer before starting your vehicle.
  • Alcohol abuse program: Completing a substance abuse is another way to receive a recommendation for reinstatement. You must complete the course and show that you are in recovery for dependency or tendency to abuse alcohol.
  • Abstain from alcohol: One way someone convicted of a DUI can demonstrate they are committed to changing their behavior is staying away from alcohol and other intoxicating substances besides prescribed medications. Likewise, not receiving another DUI while your license is revoked is crucial.

What you’re ultimately trying to do when applying for the reinstatement of your license is to show that you do not present a danger to the health and safety of other drivers on the road. Completing these or other suggested tasks shows that you recognize the serious of your conviction and are committed to changing your behavior.

By knowing your options for reinstating your driver’s license, you can help ensure that you don’t have to sacrifice your independence.

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