Suspended License in Oklahoma
Driving is a privilege. An irresponsible person on the road can pose serious safety hazards to themselves and everyone around them. In order to keep the most dangerous and irresponsible drivers off our roads, the DPS can suspend or revoke an Oklahoma drivers license for committing serious driving violations or too many lesser violations in a short period of time. If your license is suspended you will not be allowed to drive again until it is reinstated; if you do, you will face heavy fines, and possibly losing your driving privileges for even longer.
What’s the Difference between License Suspension and Revocation?
With an Oklahoma license suspension, your license is temporarily disabled. The most common reason for suspensions is a driver accruing too many points within a specified period of time. You can also receive an immediate suspension for a single serious driving violation, including driving under the influence of alcohol, violation of insurance law, failing to stop after an accident, and even failing to report name/address changes to the DPS.
A revocation is much more serious than a suspension. A revocation permanently invalidates your license, and you will have to apply for a brand new one after the revocation period has ended. License revocations are generally reserved for the most serious traffic violations and for habitual offenders. The revocation period in Oklahoma can last as long as three years, and the process to reinstate is long and tedious. A revoked license will stay on your permanent record, potentially damaging your reputation, and definitely making things harder on you. A revoked license is often accompanied by misdemeanors, felonies, and jail time depending on the violation.
How Many Points Does It Take to Get a License Suspension or Revocation in Oklahoma?
In Oklahoma, the DPS will suspend your license if you acquire more than 10 points within a 5-year period.
You will receive 4 points on your license for:
- Reckless driving behavior
- Failure to stop for a school bus
- Consistently driving above the posted speed limit
You will receive 2 points on your license for:
- Careless driving behavior
- Anything resembling racing or speeding
For more information about the point system, check out the Oklahoma Drivers Manual.
How Do I Reinstate My Driving Privileges?
Before you can drive again, you will have to wait out the duration of your suspension or revocation period, obey all court orders, pay processing and reinstatement fees to the DPS, and satisfy all SR-22 conditions. The SR-22 form is issued by your insurance carrier as a proof of insurance. If the license was revoked due to DUI, you will also be required to pass a drug and alcohol assessment. In extreme cases, the driver will be forced to install an ignition interlock device, a device which prevents the car from being started if you don’t have a clean breathalyzer reading, to prevent further offenses.