Driver’s License Reinstatement Following DUI Conviction

One consequence of Driving Under the Influence (DUI) and related convictions, such as Implied Consent Violation, is the loss of the person’s Tennessee driver’s license.  Depending upon the facts of the case, the Tennessee driver’s license revocation can range from one year to more than ten years.  Once the revocation period expires, the person is not allowed to simply start driving. Rather, specific steps must be taken to have one’s driver’s license properly reinstated with the Tennessee Department of Safety.

Failure to reinstate your Tennessee driver’s license could result in your arrest if you drive while unlicensed.  In fact, a conviction for Driving on a Revoked, Suspended or Canceled Driver’s License could result in a mandatory jail sentence if your license had been revoked, suspended, or canceled as a result of a DUI conviction.  Eligibility for driver’s license reinstatement is not a defense to this crime.

To find out when your Tennessee driver’s license is eligible for reinstatement and to how to accomplish this goal, you may click here for detailed information relating to reinstating your Tennessee driving privilege. To obtain this information, you should be prepared to provide your Tennessee driver’s license/ID number.

If you have any additional questions about Tennessee driver’s license consequences of a Driving Under the Influence (DUI) conviction, Steve Oberman and Sara Compher-Rice are available to speak with you and answer your questions.  Steve and Sara can be reached by calling (865) 249-7200.  You may also find additional information about the crime and consequences of DUI on our firm’s websites: and


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  1. #1 by Travis - August 20th, 2016 at 16:40

    My name is travis I had a dui and 6 months ago I caught a driving on revoked I was able to get my license back but bcs I had a driving on revoked ok now my 6 months is up and I looks to see the exact date I could get them back and it said I was eligible to get them back the fourth Minh of next year that’s almost a year and a half for driving on a revoked I’m so upset and don’t know how to correct this problem can someone please help me

  2. #2 by Joe Don Rouse - August 23rd, 2016 at 16:45

    I am looking for a reasonably priced place that helps with getting a revoked drivers license back. I am eligible. If you have any suggestions please let me know.

  3. #3 by Stacy N Fine - July 7th, 2020 at 13:01

    Hello, I lost my license due to a DUI in 2012. Since then I’ve received 2 driving on revoked, once leaving work and second going to work. I had no other charges when driving on revoked. I just didn’t have the money to pay the fines. Also, here in Sevier Co.,Tn.,driving on revoked goes back to the original DUI,so I had to go to probation and community service again and therefore drive. I do not have any one that can drive me. I’ve now got all my paperwork together and the money to pay the state, and after July 18th, I can get reinstated. My question is since its been 6 years since I’ve had a DL, do I have to take the written and driving test again?
    Thanks so much.

  4. #4 by Sara Compher-Rice - July 9th, 2020 at 10:33

    Please note that the Tennessee Department of Safety regulations are subject to change so you would need to contact them directly to verify whether you will need to take both the written and driving tests upon reinstatement of your driver’s license. Best of luck!

  5. #5 by Daron Orgain - August 25th, 2020 at 19:04

    Hello,I received a DUI I 1999 and that point of my life I served a little jail time not just for the dui but a list of other things including a probation violation. For years I was really too naive and really Was young and troublesome I’ve gotten over out of my childish ways. Instance of been odor with my own family are realize how much a driver’s license is important Clarksville Montgomery County for that 1 DUI are charging me $11000 and majority of that our jail fees A live pay check to pay check as it is and the judge of that county is not trying to drop any jail fees or anything my question to you is there any way around that to where I could possibly get my license with a slow pay or even a Breathalyzer in my car Or any way possible The reason why I ask is because I been pulled over driving a few months ago and they’re trying to give me 45 days Dave for day and me losing my Lise’s for another to yours just for driving own revoked Would you please let me know if there’s anything that I may possibly be able to do thank you for the time And consideration

  6. #6 by Steve Oberman - October 11th, 2020 at 13:52

    Thank you for reaching out to Oberman and Rice with your question. Due to ever-changing laws, we do not provide such answers unless we are retained and research the current law. If you prefer, you may contact us at (865) 249-7200 when one of our lawyers will be happy to assist you.

  7. #7 by Steve Oberman - October 11th, 2020 at 13:53

    Thank you for reaching out to Oberman and Rice with your question. I suggest you contact the Tennessee Department of Safety & Homeland Security at ‭(615) 251-5166‬. I am certain they will be pleased to answer your question.

  8. #8 by Tonya Renee Nelson - November 4th, 2020 at 14:58

    If you got a DUI can you get your drivers license back if you don’t have a car t can you put the Breathalyzer and

  9. #9 by Kairee - December 21st, 2020 at 18:21

    My friend got a 2nd DUI a few years ago. She has done her time, finished probation and everything. She is ready to get her license back but doesn’t own a vehicle at this time, and one of the requirements is device installation on her car. How does she get her license without a vehicle ?

  10. #10 by Sara Compher-Rice - December 22nd, 2020 at 08:37

    Thank you for your question. Unfortunately, we cannot give legal advice prior to being retained and obtaining detailed information about the circumstances surrounding the status of your friend’s driver’s license. Please feel free to have her contact the Oberman & Rice Law Firm at (865) 249-7200 where one of our lawyers will be happy to speak with her.

  11. #11 by Sara Compher-Rice - December 22nd, 2020 at 08:38

    The answer will depend upon the facts and circumstances surrounding your DUI conviction. Please feel free to contact our lawyers at the Oberman & Rice Law Firm to see if we may assist you in this matter. We can be reached by calling (865) 249-7200.

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