Driver's License Suspension in Kansas & Missouri


Kansas DUI Law

There are different reasons that a driver's license may be suspended in Kansas. Due to this fact, the duration of a suspension and reinstatement requirements will vary. The following are the most common reasons why a license is suspended in Kansas:

  • Driving Under the Influence (DUI);
  • Refusal to submit to a BAC (blood alcohol content) test;
  • Hit and runs;
  • Violating insurance laws;
  • Failure to appear in court;
  • Driving with a suspended or revoked license; and
  • Using a vehicle to commit a felony.

Reinstatement After License Suspension in Kansas

As stated above, reinstatement requirements will vary depending on the reason for the initial suspension. After the period of suspension is complete, a driver will likely need to to do the following in order to reinstate a suspended license in Kansas:

  • Go to the DMV;
  • Submit suspension documents;
  • File an SR22 or other proof of insurance;
  • Retake driving tests; and
  • Pay fees.

Restricted Driver's License in Kansas

In some situations, you may be able to obtain a restricted driver's license while your regular license is suspended. Here, you are normally allowed to drive to and from authorized locations (e.g., school and work) and/or you may have an ignition interlock device installed in your vehicle.

Missouri DWI Law

Similar to Kansas, there are various reasons as to why an individual may face license suspension. Also, the requirements for reinstatement will depend on the initial offense or violation. In Missouri, your license may be suspended for reason that include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Driving While Intoxicated (DWI);
  • Refusal to submit to a BAC test;
  • Accumulating a certain amount of points on your license/driving record; and
  • Certain traffic violations.

Reinstatement After License Suspension in Missouri

In all states, the reinstatement procedures, once a suspension period is complete, will vary depending on the type of offense or violations that caused the suspension in the first place. However, there are some general reinstatement requirements that are true for most suspensions occurring in Missouri:

  • Go to the DMV;
  • Retake driving tests;
  • File an SR22 form;
  • Pay fees;
  • Complete a Substance Abuse Traffic Offenders Program (SATOP), if applicable; and
  • Install an ignition interlock device, if applicable.

Restricted Driver's License in Missouri

In Missouri, you may also be eligible to obtain a restricted driver's license in certain situations. Here, it is referred to as a Limited Driving Privilege (LDP). Generally, it allows for the travel to and from work and school. In order to qualify for LDP, you must:

  • Complete and submit the proper application;
  • File an SR22 insurance form, if applicable; and
  • Install an ignition interlock device in you vehicle, if applicable.

Should You Contact an Attorney?

If you have been charged with DUI/DWI in Kansas or Missouri, it is important to reach out to an experienced DUI/DWI defense attorney in your area. When facing license suspension, there is a very limited amount of time that you have in order to request a hearing and dispute the suspension.

Alcohol-related charges and the related penalties are expensive and burdensome. It is in your best interest to work with a defense attorney who will work with you, listen to the facts of your case, and be a strong advocate for you!

McLane Law Firm

Matt McLane has been defending individuals charged with DUI, traffic and criminal offenses since his graduation from Washburn University Law School in 1996. Licensed in the states of Kansas and Missouri. Mr. McLane specializes in DUI and criminal defense throughout the Kansas City metropolitan area.

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