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License Suspension & Revocation Laws in Arizona


Anyone arrested for DUI in Arizona faces not only criminal penalties but civil penalties as well – namely, the suspension or revocation of your driving privileges. A DUI arrest prompts law enforcement to send you a Notice of Suspension, which means the DMV will take actions to suspend your license after your DUI offense. In Arizona, you have 15 days to request an MVD hearing to contest the license suspension. In Arizona, your license can be suspended/revoked by the MVD or it can be suspended/revoked on court order.

What’s the difference between suspension and revocation?

In Arizona, a license suspension is the temporary removal of your right to drive. Revocation is a permanent termination of your driving privileges. In either scenario, you can petition to get your license back, but it is more difficult to do so after a revocation.

How do I get my license back after a DUI suspension?

You must wait until your period of suspension is over before you petition for license reinstatement. You must apply for reinstatement with the Arizona Motor Vehicle Department, show proof of valid insurance, and make sure you have paid all the necessary fines and fees.

How do I get my license back after DUI revocation?

You must wait until your period of revocation is over before you petition for a new driver’s license. You do not automatically get a new license after this period is over. You must submit a petition and undergo a review by the Motor Vehicle Department, show proof of future financial responsibility (insurance “SR22 form”), $20 reinstatement fee, application fee, and proof of ignition interlock device installation (IID), if required.

It is illegal to drive on a suspended or revoked driver’s license. If you are caught doing so, you could face additional penalties and the MVD can impound your vehicle for as many as 30 days. If you were recently arrested for driving under the influence, contact a Phoenix DUI attorney at MayesTelles PLLC today to discuss your legal rights and options. We offer free consultations and we are available 24/7. Let us protect your right to drive – call us today!

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