If you are convicted of driving on a suspended license and you reinstate your driver’s license prior to the conviction being assessed onto your Motor Vehicle Record (MVR), MVD will issue a one-year restricted driver’s license. A restricted driver’s license allows you to drive to or from:
- Seeking medical help for yourself
- Serving jail time
- Attending screening and/or substance abuse classes
- Going to appointments with your probation officer
- Going to a certified ignition interlock device facility
If stopped for driving any place else not listed above, you will be charged with a driving on a suspended license. However, if you are convicted of driving on a suspended license and you wait for the conviction to appear on your MVR, then reinstate your driver’s license, your driver’s license will not be restricted by MVD.
Driving On A Suspended License – Class 1 Misdemeanor – A.R.S. § 28-3473
If your driver’s license has been suspended in the past for a prior violation and you have satisfied all Court orders (ex: paid all fines, served all jail time, completed all classes and/or community service) and satisfied all suspension periods ordered for any reason other than driving on a suspended license under A.R.S. § 28-3473, you may go to MVD, pay the required reinstatement fees, and obtain a restricted driver’s license for one year. At the end of the one-year restricted driver’s license, if you have no other suspension convictions or orders, you may return to MVD to obtain a clean driver’s license with no restrictions.
The above applies only to a suspended driver’s license, not to a revoked driver’s license. If your driver’s license is revoked for any reason, you must serve the revocation period and be ticket-free for 12 months before submitting a Revocation Investigation package to regain your driver’s license.
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Contact An Experienced License Defense Lawyer
At The Law Offices of John Phebus, we have extensive experience representing clients throughout Maricopa County who have been charged with driving on a suspended license. Call our office in Glendale at 623-847-7117 for a free 30-minute telephonic consultation. You may also contact our traffic violation defense firm online.