A suspended license is an expensive predicament. There’s the cost of public transportation and cabs to get where you need to go, the possibility of losing your job, and the devastating impact on your auto insurance rates. On top of all that, there are fees to get your license reinstated.
A proposed budget from Governor Andrew Cuomo could make those fees more expensive. The fee hikes are part of a package of new taxes and charges designed to beef up state revenues. If the budget passes, it means the cost of reinstating a suspended license will increase from $70 to $105. For nonresidents who have had their driving privileges revoked, the cost of restoring those privileges will quadruple from $25 to $100.
Other auto-related fee increases include the cost of a title for a new car purchase, which will go from $50 to $75, and the cost of a duplicate title, which will double from $20 to $40.
Reinstating a suspended license is not always as simple as paying a fee; in many cases there are other requirements that must be met as well. For example, if the suspension was due to failure to pay child support, you will first have to pay some or all of the money owed before your license can be reinstated. If you have accrued more than 11 points on your license, you may need an attorney to help you file a Motion to Vacate, which would get some of the points on your license reduced and bring you below the 11-point threshold, thereby allowing your license to get reinstated.
No matter the reason for the suspension, it is imperative that you not get behind the wheel without a valid license. Driving with a suspended license could result in a charge of Aggravated Unlicensed Operation (AUO). This is a serious crime that carries a fine of up to $500 and 30 days in jail. It can also cause your insurance premiums to skyrocket or result in you being dropped by your insurer altogether.
If you or a loved one has had your license suspended, it is essential that you hire an attorney who can help you find the best possible path to reinstatement. Moreover, if you or someone you love has been arrested and charged with driving without a valid license, you need expert legal assistance right away. Call the Rosenblum Law Firm at 888-203-2619 to schedule a free consultation with one of our attorneys.