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Restore license after revocation

Before You Start

To request approval to restore your license online, you must first create a MyDMV account.  You will need your

  • NYS driver license
  • Social Security Number

It is very important that you read the instructions on this page for applying online before you begin.

 

A serious traffic offense or multiple offenses can result in the revocation of your NYS driver license or driving privilege. 1 A revocation means your license is cancelled, and you must apply for a new one once the revocation period is over. You may also be required to take the written and driving tests again.

 

How do I restore my license or driving privilege after revocation?

For most revocations, you must first request and receive approval from the DMV Driver Improvement Unit (DIU) before you can apply for a new driver license at a DMV office. If you are licensed in another state, you must obtain approval from DIU to have your NYS driving privilege restored. DIU must examine your full driver record to see if you can be approved under NYS laws and requirements.

 

Can I request approval online?

Yes. The fastest and easiest way to request approval is online, although some drivers with complex records may need to submit their request to DIU in writing.

If you request approval online, the system will

  • automatically determine if you are eligible to submit an online request
  • list the reason you are not eligible and explain your next steps
  • explain any additional payments or actions required before you can receive approval
  • issue your approval immediately if you are eligible (the processing of mailed requests can take up to 12 weeks)

 
What do I need to know before I request approval online?

You cannot request approval online if

  • your revocation was for an uninsured accident. You must contact the DMV Insurance Services Bureau. 2
  • as part of a reexamination of your ability to safely operate a motor vehicle, you were required to take a DMV road test and your driver license was revoked because you failed the road test. You must contact your local DMV office.
  • you have a valid or suspended conditional or restricted license or a current or former participant in the Drinking Driver Program. You must apply at a local Motor Vehicle office when you are eligible to receive your full license back.

Before you can request approval online, you must

  • wait until the revocation period has been completely served before you submit your request.
  • resolve and clear any suspensions. This includes answering or paying fines imposed for traffic tickets. You cannot receive approval if your license is suspended as well as revoked. To check if your license is suspended, sign up for MyDMV and use our MyLicense service.
  • sign up for a MyDMV account. To sign up for MyDMV, you must have a social security number on file with the NYS DMV. You do not need to provide your document number.
  • be prepared to pay a re-application fee, if required, by credit or debit card. The system will tell you the amount you must pay.

 
Additional fees and penalties

If you owe any of the following fines or penalties, they must be paid before you can submit your request

  • suspension termination fee
  • driver license civil penalty
  • driver responsibility assessment

If you begin to request approval online and owe additional fees or penalties, you will receive instructions for submitting payment. After you submit payment, you can complete your request for approval online.

 
Additional requirements

Some situations require additional action before you can submit your request for approval.

If you were convicted of two or more alcohol/drugged driving incidents within the last 25 years

If you were convicted of two or more alcohol/drugged driving incidents within the last 25 years, you must obtain acceptable proof of rehabilitation.  Acceptable proof of rehabilitation is the electronic submission of an alcohol evaluation/program completion by a treatment or prevention provider approved by the NYS Office of Alcohol and Substance Abuse Services (OASAS) to DIU. The OASAS website has a list of approved providers. The completion of the evaluation/program must be within one year from your application date. Once acceptable proof is received by DIU, you can complete your request for approval online. 

If you are on or were on probation

  • If you are on court ordered probation and the conditions include restrictions on reapplying for a license/privilege, you must provide a copy of your conditions of probation and a letter of permission to apply for a driver license from the court that sentenced you or from your probation officer.
  • If your probation was terminated, you must provide a letter from the court/probation department, on their letterhead, that shows the date your probation was terminated.
  • If the terms of your probation do not include driving restrictions, you must provide a copy of the conditions. 

Mail or fax this information to DIU at: 

Driver Improvement Unit
NYS DMV
6 Empire State Plaza, Room 338
Albany, NY 12228
(518) 474-0774, Option #5 (Phone Hours: M-F, 8:30 – Noon)
FAX (518) 474-6208

Once acceptable proof is received by DIU, you can complete your request for restoration online. 

NOTE:  Any additional convictions of moving violations or other incidents added to your driving record can make you ineligible for approval or may delay the approval process.


What do I do after I receive approval?

Once you receive approval for a new driver license, follow the instructions to apply for your new driver license. You cannot drive until your new NYS driver license is issued. You must pay any driver license fees at the local motor vehicle office and you may be required to take written and/or road tests to qualify for your new license.

If you receive approval for restoration of your NYS driving privilege, you may drive in NYS again if you have a valid out-of-state driver license.


Request approval to restore license by mail


Can I request approval by mail?

Yes, but it can take up to 12 weeks for DIU to process a request received by mail.  If you request approval by mail, you must wait until 30 days before the revocation period ends to send your request.

  • If you need to request approval to apply for a new license, you must complete an Application for a Driver License (MV-44).  Leave the “I am applying for a” boxes blank.  If you do not know your NYS driver license number, you can leave that box blank.  Mail the form to the Driver Improvement Bureau at the address below.  For more information about completing this form see How to Apply for a New York License (MV-44.1).
  • If you reside out-of-state and need to request that your NYS driving privilege be restored, you must complete the Request for NYS Driving Privileges form (DS-115)  and mail to the Driver Improvement Unit at the address below.

Note:  If you are convicted of a moving violation or another incident that affects your New York State driving record after you send your request, you may become ineligible for approval or need to wait longer for processing.


How much is the re-application fee?

  • If you request approval to restore your NYS driving privilege (for drivers licensed outside New York State), the fee is $25.
  • If you request approval to apply for a new NYS driver license and the effective date of your revocation is on or after July 6, 2009, the fee is $100 3.

You must pay the re-application fee by check or money order made payable to the "Commissioner of Motor Vehicles." 


Additional fees and penalties

If you apply for restoration and owe any of the following fines or penalties, they must be paid before your application can be approved


Additional requirements

Some situations require additional action before you can submit your request for approval.

If you were convicted of two or more alcohol/drugged driving incidents within the last 25 years

If you were convicted of two or more alcohol/drugged driving incidents within the last 25 years, you must obtain acceptable proof of rehabilitation.  Acceptable proof of rehabilitation is the electronic submission of an alcohol evaluation/program completion by a treatment or prevention provider approved by the NYS Office of Alcohol and Substance Abuse Services (OASAS) to DIU. The OASAS website has a list of approved providers. The completion of the evaluation/program must be within one year from your application date. Once acceptable proof is received by DIU, you can complete your request for approval online. 

If you are on or were on probation

  • If you are on court ordered probation and the conditions include restrictions on reapplying for a license/privilege, you must provide a copy of your conditions of probation and a letter of permission to apply for a driver license from the court that sentenced you or from your probation officer.
  • If your probation was terminated, you must provide a letter from the court/probation department, on their letterhead, that shows the date your probation was terminated.
  • If the terms of your probation do not include driving restrictions, you must provide a copy of the conditions. 

Mail or fax this information to DIU at the address below.


Where do I send my application, fees and any additional required documentation?

Send these items to:

Driver Improvement Unit
NYS DMV
6 Empire State Plaza, Room 338
Albany, NY 12228
(518) 474-0774, Option #5 (Phone Hours: M-F, 8:30 – Noon)
FAX (518) 474-6208


What do I do after I receive approval?

  • Once you receive approval for a new driver license, follow the instructions to apply for your new driver license. You cannot drive until your new NYS driver license is issued. You must pay any driver license fees at the local motor vehicle office and you may be required to take written and/or road tests to qualify for your new license.
  • Once you receive approval for restoration of your NYS driving privilege, you may drive in New York State again if you have a valid out-of-state driver license.

 

  • 1. “Driving privilege” means that out-of-state drivers are allowed to drive a motor vehicle in New York State. A driving privilege can be suspended or revoked for the same reasons as are New York State driver licenses and carries the same penalties as driving with a suspended or revoked license.
  • 2.

    Insurance Services Bureau
    NYS DMV
    6 Empire State Plaza, Room 332B
    Albany, NY 12228
    (518) 474-0700

  • 3. If the effective date of your revocation is before July 6, 2009, the fee is $50.

Before You Start

To request approval to restore your license online, you must first create a MyDMV account.  You will need your

  • NYS driver license
  • Social Security Number

It is very important that you read the instructions on this page for applying online before you begin.

 

Do it by phone

You can't request approval to have your license restored by phone. 

Do it by mail

You can request approval to have your licensed restored by mail.  Be sure to read the instructions on this page first

Do it at the DMV

You can't request approval to have your license restored at a DMV office.