Reinstatement of a Revoked Driver's License

If your driver's license was revoked because you accumulated 12 or more points on your driving record, or because you violated an alcohol restriction, you may be eligible to have your license reinstated after a specified period of time.

The minimum amount of time you must wait before requesting reinstatement of your license after it was revoked depends upon the number of times you have had your Maryland driver's license revoked:

One revocation - - - - - - - - -   6 month waiting period
Two revocations - - - - - - - -  12 month waiting period
Three revocations - - - - - - -  18 month waiting period
Four or more revocations -    24 month waiting period

The waiting period starts on the day that you turn in your driver's license after it has been revoked, or the date of revocation, whichever is later. You must turn in your most recently issued license.

What do I need to do?

If you believe that you meet the criteria to reinstate your license, you may call or visit the MVA’s Driver Wellness and Safety Division (DW&S) and request to have your driver's license reinstated. You will be asked for your full name, address, date of birth and driver’s license number, if you know it.

The MVA will review your driving record for insurance violations, child support violations and any other problems that may disqualify you from reinstatement. If we discover a problem in your driving record, we will send you a letter explaining why you are not eligible for reinstatement. If there are no apparent problems, we will mail or hand to you an application form.

After you have completed the application for driver's license reinstatement, return it to the MVA’s Driver Wellness and Safety Division along with the appropriate application fee. Upon receipt of the application and fee, there will be a final ruling on the reinstatement of your driver's license and you will be sent a letter either granting or denying reinstatement. If you are granted reinstatement of your driver's license, take the letter to any full service MVA branch office and apply for a new license. You may be required to take the law, vision and/or driving skills tests again. In addition, you will be subject to all MVA eligibility requirements.

If the reinstatement of your driver's license is denied, you do have the right to appeal the decision of the MVA to the office of administrative hearings. Contact the MVA’s Driver Wellness and Safety Division


  • There is a fee for reinstating a driver's license that was revoked because of an alcohol-related offense.
  • There is a fee for reinstating a driver's license that was revoked for other reasons.

Contact Information:

Driver Wellness and Safety Division

6601 Ritchie Highway
Glen Burnie, MD 21062

For telephone questions:
MVA Customer Service Center:   1-410-768-7000
TTY/Hearing Impaired:                    ​1-301-729-4563