How to Check on a Revoked Driver's License

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When a driver's license is revoked, it is normal to feel fearful, worried and even stressed. However, the steps involved in determining why one's license has been suspended or revoked are relatively simple to follow and can typically be completed within 1 or 2 business days. Following these steps will help to alleviate any stress associated with not knowing why the state's Bureau of Motor Vehicles has issued a license revocation, and with proper compliance may assist with the process of reinstatement.

Call the office of your local Bureau of Motor Vehicles' reinstatement division and follow the prompts given by the automated system until you reach a telephone representative.

Explain that you are calling regarding a revoked license. If the person you're speaking with says that you'll need to be transferred, ask for the direct telephone number to that department as you may need to call again in the future.

Provide the BMV's representative with the information they request of you. This may include your social security number, driver's license number, date of birth and home address. Be prepared to write down information concerning any fines or other reinstatement requirements mandated by your state.

Ask the BMV's representative if the license revocation will require you to retake the driving exam. If it will, ask how and when you will be eligible to take the exam. It may also be helpful to ask how long the process of reinstatement will take so that you will be able to plan accordingly.

Finish by recapping the information you've been given by the representative at the Bureau of Motor Vehicles. Repeat any telephone numbers, addresses or contact names given to you during the conversation. At the completion of this step, you should have the information required by the state to reinstate the revoked driver's license.


  • Be advised that the reinstatement process can be complicated by legal proceedings. Ask if it will be necessary to obtain special permission from a judge before undertaking the expense of purchasing a vehicle or special insurance in anticipation of reversing a license revocation.


  • Keep in mind that the BMV is busiest on Mondays and Fridays. Most reinstatement offices are state-run and are therefore closed on Saturdays and Sundays.

About the Author

Based in Washington, D.C., Crystal Lewis is a former insurance professional who has been a freelance writer for a variety of online publications since 2009. She holds a bachelor's degree in business and is currently pursuing a master's degree in theology at an East Coast seminary.