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So, you got a DUI and now you have lost your driver’s license. Things may look pretty bleak as you try to navigate getting to work, the grocery store and other errands and appointments without a car. However, in some situations it is possible to get your driver’s license back in Georgia if it is your first DUI through a process known as reinstatement.

The reinstatement process

If it is your first DUI in five years, your driver’s license will be suspended for 12 months. However, after 120 days has passed you can apply for reinstatement under the following circumstances.

First, you have to complete the 120 day suspension period. Second you must complete a Georgia Department of Driver’s Services DUI program through a DDS approved school, and present the agency with a Certificate of Completion. Third, you must pay a reinstatement fee. If it is your first DUI and you are over age 21, the fee is $200 if paid by mail and $210 if paid in person.

Limited driving permits

It is important to note that sometimes a limited driving permit is also available for a first DUI offense. However, if your driver’s license was suspended because you refused to submit to a breath test when asked to by police, it will result in a license suspension for one year and you will not have the option if convicted of DUI of pursuing a limited driving permit.

Understand your driving options after a DUI

So, while your license may have been suspended after a DUI, if the proper requirements are met, you may be able to get your license back before the full suspension period is up. This post does not contain legal advice and it does not address what your specific legal options are. If you want to learn more about having your driver’s license reinstated after a DUI, you may want to seek the assistance of a professional.