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Lost License in Florida from Dui - There is Hope -Reinstated- You Can Get It Back

Updated on January 9, 2011


Convicted of 4 or More DUI'S

 Well thanks to our fine state of Florida, those folks who have been convicted of 4 or more DUI'S, and sentenced to a life sentence of never being able to drive again, now have another chance. Governor Charlie Christ has signed HB 971 in to law effective July 1, 2010.

I and many others feel that a life sentence is unfair, heck even some murderers don't get a life sentence. Now in order to be eligible to get your license back there are strict criteria you must meet and of course jump through the hoops of the sentence.

No one convicted of DUI Manslaughter is eligible for the program.

There is a ten year waiting period from your last DUI conviction or termination of incarceration before reinstatement will be considered.

The driver must not have been caught driving on his or her revoked or suspended license during the waiting period.

The Driver has to complete a DUI program sanctioned by the state within six months of the reinstatement.

For the first year the license will only be for work purposes.

The state will require an ignition device you have to blow in to start your car, called an Ignition interlock system. You blow into this like the breathalyzer the police give you. (Just thought I would mention if you caught being sneaky and having someone else blow for you, your in deep dodo.)

There are many groups supporting this new law, including MADD Mothers Against Drunk Drivers. MADD feels by the implementation of this new law we can track and monitor this repeat offenders and not let them fall under the radar and drive illegally.

There is a five page PDF file link to the actual sub section of the HB 971 where you can read and see all the qualifications needed to get your drivers license reinstated. This may be the time you would want to contact a DUI Attorney to see if you qualify or if you need assistance in regaining your freedom and privilege of driving legal in the state of Florida. 

Thank you Senator Wise for all your efforts. Everyone don't waste time there is a Senator that is working to overturn this new law. Just in case don't miss your window of opportunity act swiftly and quickly to have your life sentence changed.


Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Florida:

 Section 1. Effective October 1, 2010, present subsection

 (5) of section 322.271, Florida Statutes, is renumbered as

subsection (6), and a new subsection (5) is added to that

 section, to read:

 322.271 Authority to modify revocation, cancellation, or

 suspension order.

 (5) Notwithstanding the provisions of s. 322.28(2)(e), a

 person whose driving privilege has been permanently revoked

 because he or she has been convicted four or more times of

 violating s. 316.193 or former s. 316.1931 may, upon the

 expiration of 10 years after the date of the last conviction or

 the expiration of 10 years after the termination of any

 incarceration under s. 316.193 or former s. 316.1931, whichever

 is later, petition the department for reinstatement of his or

 her driving privilege.

 (a) Within 30 days after receipt of a petition, the

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 department shall provide for a hearing, at which the petitioner

 must demonstrate that he or she:

 1. Has not been arrested for a drug-related offense for at

 least 5 years prior to filing the petition;

 2. Has not driven a motor vehicle without a license for at

 least 5 years prior to the hearing;

 3. Has been drug-free for at least 5 years prior to the

 hearing; and

 4. Has completed a DUI program licensed by the department.

 (b) At the hearing, the department shall determine the

petitioner’s qualification, fitness, and need to dri

ve, and may,

after such determination, reinstate the petitioner’s driver’s

 license. The reinstatement shall be subject to the following



The petitioner’s license must be restricted for

 employment purposes for not less than 1 year; and

 2. The petitioner must be supervised by a DUI program

 licensed by the department and must report to the program for

 supervision and education at least four times a year or more, as

 required by the program, for the remainder of the revocation

 period. The supervision shall include evaluation, education,

 referral into treatment, and other activities required by the


 (c) The petitioner must assume the reasonable costs of

 supervision. If the petitioner does not comply with the required

supervision, the program shall report the failure to the

department, and the department shall cancel such person’s

 driving privilege.

 (d) If, after reinstatement, the petitioner is convicted of

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      jim sadler 

      6 years ago

      The state of ga said that they will not work with the state of florida.The only way for me to go through this program is to move to fl.No way of that ever happening.12 years now being free of any alcohol or drugs.Feeling great.

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      6 years ago from Sunny Florida

      I would suggest keep all your paper work just in case. My other half has to be under the supervision of the national safety counsel one a month, go to AA or other support group meetings twice a week, and one a month readings on the ignition device. Its all a money game but we do what it takes to have the privilege of driving!

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      6 years ago

      I completed the multiple D.U.I.offender course for my probation requirements per Judges orders.It's been 1 year now.Will I need to go back thru it because it will be over 5yrs before I can petition the start the reinstatement process?

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      7 years ago

      just go to the dmv you don't need a lawyer

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      jim sadler 

      8 years ago

      I need a good lawyer in georiga that can help me with this in fl

    • mod2vint profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from Sunny Florida

      My husband is in the same situation, when we checked into other states we were told he must fix his license in Florida first. With this new law you should be able to fix your Florida license.

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      jim sadler 

      8 years ago

      I was convicted of my fourth dui in 1990.I got 4 dui,s form 1983 to 1990.I served 11 months in jail for my fourth I did not have an accident in any of them,but I was drinking.It has benn 10 years since I have had anything to drink.I moved to Ga in 1992.Is there anything that I can do to get a permit for work?


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