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How to reinstate your license after the first conviction for Driving Under the Influence (DUI) in Florida

A first–time DUI will result in a six-month to one-year revocation, effective on the conviction date. A first-time DUI with serious injury will result in at least a three-year revocation, effective on the conviction date.

Before the revocation period expires, the customer may apply for a hardship driver license in the county where they live. To apply for a hardship driver license the customer will need to have proof of completion from a DUI program and treatment provider, if referred by the court, and provide said proof to their local Bureau of Administrative Reviews office.

If the customer waits to reinstate his/her license until after the revocation period ends, proof of enrollment or completion of a DUI program is required. Failure to complete the course within 90 days after reinstatement will result in cancellation of the driver license until the course is completed.

At the time of reinstatement, whether for a hardship driver license or a full-privilege driver license, the customer must take all required exams and pay an administrative fee, a revocation reinstatement fee, and all license fees required. For DUI convictions on or prior to October 1, 2007, the customer must provide proof that he/she held bodily injury liability insurance in the amount of $10,000 per person, $20,000 per occurrence, and $10,000 property damage liability on the arrest date and pay the required $15 reinstatement fee. For a DUI conviction after October 1, 2007, the customer must provide proof that he/she had bodily injury liability insurance in the amount of $100,000 per person, $300,000 per occurrence, and $50,000 property damage liability. Certification of liability insurance must be in the form of an FR-44 policy which must be continuously maintained for a period of three years from the reinstatement of the DUI revocation. A reinstatement fee between $150 and $500 for subsequent violations will be required.

See also Ignition Interlock Device (IID) Requirements.