If you recently had your license suspended, you may feel stuck at home with no options until your suspension period ends. Although people who have their driver’s license suspended should avoid driving since driving with a suspended license can result in criminal charges, there are steps you can take to get back on the road sooner than later.

Last month, we covered some factors that can lead to a suspended license. Today, let’s look at what you may be required to do after suspension and what you may be able to do to reinstate it.

Mandatory Driving Courses and Reinstatement Fees

Should you lose driving privileges because your license was suspended, you may be required to:

  • Enroll in a defensive driving course
  • Pay reinstatement fees

Reinstatement fees vary based on the offense that caused the suspension, ranging from $25 to $210. You may have the option to apply for a hardship license or file an appeal.

Hardship License

People who have had their licenses suspended can also apply for a hardship license. This permit gives drivers with suspended driver’s licenses the ability to drive to and from the following:

  • Place of employment
  • School
  • Medical appointments
  • Alcohol and drug treatment programs
  • Defensive driving classes

These permits are available to suspended drivers at the DDS’s discretion. Your license may be suspended for an additional amount of time if you violate the restrictions of your hardship license.


If you believe your driver’s license was not legally suspended or revoked, you can appeal the decision. You can submit a Hearing Request that must be received within 30 days of the date you were charged.

You can check your license status to see if it is currently suspended on the Georgia Department of Driver Services’ website.

If you are charged with driving with a suspended license or any other driving-related charges, contact Gregory Bushway at Bushway Law Firm.

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