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Determining the Status of Your Florida Driver’s License

Determine the Status of Your Florida Driver’s License

The Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles (DHSMV) and the courts have the ability to suspend or revoke your driver’s license on a variety of grounds.

Sometimes, your driver’s license can be suspended without your knowing it. It’s easy to check the status of your license when you look at your driving record.

Check Your Driving Record

Your driving record report will advise you if your driver’s license is currently valid or whether it’s suspended or revoked. The record will also show points against your license and, in some cases, any accidents you have had.

You can order your driving record in one of three ways: online, in person, or through the mail.

  • Order Driving Record In Person
    1. Complete and notarize a Request for Personal Information if you want your personal information shown on the record.
    2. Be ready to pay the $2.10 or $3.10 fee, depending on whether you want a certified copy and how far back you want to go.
    3. Visit your County Clerk’s office. You may want to call in advance to see which forms of payment are accepted.
  • Order Driving Record By Mail
    1. Write a letter asking for your record or the record of the individual you’re researching. Remember to include your full name, your date of birth, social security number, and Florida driver’s license.
    2. Fill out and notarize the Request for Personal Information if you are ordering your own record and want your personal information visible on it.
    3. Include a check or money order to cover the fee. It’s $2.10 for a one year history, or $3.10 to go back completely or for a certified copy.
    4. If you can wait two weeks for the receipt, mail the application and fee to:
      • Bureau of Records
      • P.O. Box 5775
      • Tallahassee, FL 32314-5775
    5. To request that your record is sent by next-day delivery, send to:
      • Bureau of Records
      • 2900 Apalachee Parkway, MS 90
      • Tallahassee, FL 32399-0575

Suspended in All States?

If you move and have a suspended license in your old state, you won’t be able to get a new driver’s license in your new state, either. This is because of the National Driver Register (NDR) and the Driver License Compact, both of which tell other states if you’re suspended anywhere in the U.S.

Penalties for Driving on a Suspended License

If you drive on a suspended license, your penalties depend on the circumstances. You could be charged with a misdemeanor or a felony. The DHSMV provides a special bulletin you can download that highlights the penalties for driving on a suspended license.

Contact an Attorney

If you’re being charged with a felony for driving on a suspended license, you may want to get advice from an attorney. An experienced attorney may help lower your costs and penalties.

Obtain a Restricted License

Some people may have the option of getting a hardship license so they can drive to and from work. Whether you qualify depends on factors like your offense and how many points you have.

To find out if you qualify, you need to contact your local Administrative Reviews office. To find your office, look under your county’s listing for a heading that reads “Under Suspension – Need Driver License for Work,” and a phone number to call.

If you need more assistance with obtaining a hardship license, seek legal advice.

Reinstate Your License

When you’re allowed to reinstate your license―and the requirements you must fulfill to do so―depends on the reason for your license suspension.

Some of these scenarios may cause your insurance to jump; you may be able to get a lower rate if you shop around.

The process differs slightly from scenario to scenario, and you may want to consult an attorney before you get started. Here are a few examples:

Reinstate for Child Support Delinquency

  1. To get your license back, you must become current on your support and get affidavit Form # DHSMV 73986 from the clerk of the court, child support agency, or depository.
  2. Bring this and a $60 fee in to your County Clerk’s office.
  3. If you received the affidavit before your license got suspended, the fee will be waived. Just show them the date on the affidavit to prove it.

Habitual Traffic Offender

  1. Your license is suspended for five years. After one year, you can ask for a hardship license from the Administrative Reviews office.
  2. You must attend driver improvement. If you got a DUI, you’ll need to go to DUI school.
  3. After five years, you’ll have to request a new license from the Administrative Reviews office (the same place that gave you your hardship license).

Violation Resulting in Death or Personal Injury (Not a DUI)

  1. Your license will be suspended for a year.
  2. You’ll have to take Advanced Driver Training and an exam.
  3. You’ll have to pay $35 to reinstate your license, plus license fees.

Failure to Comply with Traffic Summons or Pay a Fine

  1. You’ll have to pay your fines at a traffic court or online, if your county allows.
  2. Bring your payment proof to a DMV office and pay a $60 fee.

Keep Your Record Clean

There are many ways to get your license suspended. The state has an interactive quiz that tests your knowledge of how your license may be suspended. Try it out.

In the meantime, avoid:

Giving False Information on a License Application

If you give wrong information on your driver’s license application, your license will be suspended. You may request a hearing, but if you’re found to have committed fraud, you’ll have to pay fines and wait for a period before obtaining a new license.

Getting Too Many Points

Getting citations resulting in too many point violations on your record.

  • 12 points in 12 months: 30 day suspension.
  • 18 points in 18 months: Three month suspension.
  • 24 points in 36 months: 12 month suspension.

Refusing to Comply with State Laws

Your license is used as a compliance tool in law enforcement. If you don’t stop for a school bus, are using tobacco if you’re under age 18, or don’t pay your child support, you can have your license suspended.

Refusing a Blood Alcohol Test

Under state law, you must take a blood alcohol test when you’re suspected of driving under the influence. Your license could be suspended even if you’re innocent, if you fail to comply.

Lacking Florida Insurance

You must have current and adequate Florida insurance with $10,000 minimum personal injury protection and $10,000 minimum property coverage to drive. If you don’t, you face a suspended license.

Remember, you must get your insurance from a company licensed in the state.

Ignoring Your Traffic Tickets

If you’ve gotten traffic tickets that you don’t pay, or if you don’t appear in court when you’re supposed to, your driver’s license can get suspended. Your signing the ticket when you receive it means that you’re acknowledging you will take care of the ticket.

Getting a DUI

A DUI results in an automatic suspension. How long the suspension lasts depends on how many times it’s happened. Suspension times vary from 180 days to permanent revocation.

INFORMATION RE-POSTED FROM DMV.ORG

Florida DUI Conviction Information

The Repercussions of a DUI in the State of Florida

If you need another reason to avoid a DUI conviction, consider the fact that a Florida driver’s license suspension for a Driving Under the Influence (“DUI”) conviction will cause your auto insurance rates to increase dramatically for the next five years.

A DUI conviction might also make it more expensive to obtain other forms of insurance, including life insurance, medical and disability insurance. Contact a Tampa DUI Attorney to find out more about the effect a DUI conviction will have on your car insurance rates including the requirement for FR 44 insurance. Find the lowest price on Florida FR44 Insurance here.

Increased Insurance Premiums with FR-44 Insurance

Your Florida auto insurance premiums could increase by 200% to 300% from the amount you paid prior to your DUI arrest. Even worse, your insurance company may cancel or fail to renew your automobile insurance coverage in Florida. If you shop for new automobile insurance after being canceled from your old insurance company, the fact that your auto insurance is canceled will cause an additional increase in insurance premiums.

For many the increase in insurance premiums is so dramatic that maintaining automobile insurance becomes difficult or impossible. Any lapse in insurance will result in an automatic suspension of your driver’s license under Florida law.

Higher Policy Limits

On February 2, 2008, the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles (“DHSMV”) introduced the new financial responsibility certification required under Section 316.193, Florida Statutes. The certification is a form called a Florida FR-44 Form and is similar to the SR-22, which was required prior to February 2, 2008. One of the differences between the new FR-44 form and the old SR-22 form is that higher liability limits are now required.

After a DUI conviction in Florida, your license will be suspended by order of the court. In order to reinstate your Florida driver’s license, you will be required to obtain a FR-44 Form which must be maintained for three years. You obtain the FR-44 form from your auto insurance company. As soon as you ask for the FR-44, your auto insurance company will know that your driver’s license has been suspended for a Florida DUI conviction, and your status will be changed to “high risk” causing the increased premiums.

FR44 Insurance in the State of Florida

The Florida 44 Form is a certificate of continuing financial responsibility showing the limits of your automobile liability insurance that must be kept on file with the Florida DHSMV for three years from the ending date of any revocation. The Florida 44 form also requires the insurance company to notify the DHSMV if your insurance policy is canceled, terminated, or lapses for any reason.

You must increase your auto insurance policy to comply with Florida FR44 liability limits, which are 100/300/50. The 100/300/50 limits means that you must have bodily injury liability insurance in the amount of $100,000 per person, $300,000 per occurrence and $50,000 property damage liability coverage. To reinstate your Florida driver’s license, you must usually pay a reinstatement fee of $150 (for a first suspension), $250 (for a second suspension), or $500 (for a third suspension). For quotes on Florida FR44 insurance policies, click here.

Find Out More About Avoiding the Hidden Costs of a DUI Conviction

If you have been arrested for driving under the influence (“DUI”) in Hillsborough County, Pinellas County, Polk County or Pasco County, contact an experienced Tampa DUI Attorney to discuss the true costs of a Florida DUI conviction.

The Sammis Law Firm Lawyers handle driving under the influense (“DUI”) cases throughout the Tampa Bay Area, including the cites of Tampa, Pinellas, St. Petersburg, Plant City, New Port Richey, Dade City, and Bartow, Florida. Contact the Sammis Law Firm for a free consultation to discuss your Florida DUI arrest and pending DUI charges in Hillsborough County, Pasco County, Pinellas County, Polk County or the surrounding areas.

INFORMATION OBTAINED FROM CRIMINALDEFENSEATTORNEYTAMPA.COM

Florida FR44 Or Virginia FR44 – Non-Owner and Owner Policies

What Is An FR44?

In some states, such as Virginia and Florida, an FR44 Filing may be required when you have a DUI / DWI / OVWI or other alcohol related violation. An FR44 filing is similar in theory to an SR 22, except that it may indicate that you maintain more than just the minimum amount of coverage required by the state requesting it.

If you need an FR44, you will likely be required to purchase more than just the minimum amount of liability insurance.  Our agents can help you to determine what the requirements for insurance are for your state, based on your situation.  Depending on the sate in which you reside, we will help you to determine which form to use, either the SR22 or FR44.

Cheap Florida FR44 Insurance, Cheap Virginia FR44 Insurance

The terms “SR22 insurance” and “FR44 insurance”, much like “DUI Insurance”, are used by the general public, but are not official types of insurance.  Our agency helps with auto insurance for people who have a DUI or DWI on their records, as well as adding an SR22 or FR44 Filing to the insurance policy.  When you contact us, we can help explain in better detail what these terms mean.

What information do I need?

In many situations you may receive a case number.  This is usually a 9 digit number (no letters). Please make sure to provide us with your case number so that we can have the FR44 form issued correctly.  If you have your DUI / DWI conviction date available, that would be helpful as well.

To obtain an estimate for the price of insurance with an FR44 only takes a few moments.  When you are ready to purchase your insurance, we can provide you with a new temporary ID card and FR44 in the same day.

How can www.SR22Coverage.com help me?

We shop a variety on insurance carriers in over 39 states to help you compare the rates and coverage options so that you can choose the price and amount of coverage that works for you.  Immediate quotes are available for SR22’s or FR44’s.  Our licensed insurance professionals work hard to understand your needs and to be here for you.

Partial Article Information Obtained From: http://www.stratumins.com/dui/what_is_an_fr44.htm