How To Reinstate a Suspended Missouri License

Do you need to reinstate your suspended Missouri drivers license? The reinstatement process doesn't have to be complicated, but make sure you do it in a timely manner.

Driving with a suspended Missouri drivers license is a serious offense with serious consequences. A suspended license can even result in jail time if not reinstated. We've collected helpful information to assist you with everything you need to reinstate your Missouri license. Select from the options below to get started.

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1: Get Started with Online Application Assistance

Online application assistance can simplify the process for many DMV related services for a fee, including: renewing your license, applying for a license, registering a vehicle, replacing your license, changing your address and more. Where possible, we will prepare your DMV forms and/or provide links to DMV online services. You will also receive 30 days of both emergency Roadside Assistance and the Repair Assist consultation service from Road America. In addition, you will be able to take advantage of a free membership to DMV Advisors, a state-specific help desk prepared to answer any driver-related questions or concerns you may have. Other benefits include an ongoing monthly newsletter and a quarterly magazine covering important updates that affect drivers, important safety tips, trends, legislative updates and ways to save money on vehicle-related services.

2: By mail

Some drivers prefer to handle the renewal process by mail, rather than taking advantage of assistance services, visiting the DMV in person, or via available online services. Service by mail is available with limitations. Read below for additional details or visit your local DMV.

3: Via a DMV office

If you prefer to access DMV services in person or your specific needs require an in-person visit, most, if not all, driver license services can be handled at a physical DMV office location. Varying DMV offices sometimes supply different types of services so you will need to check before your visit to make sure the DMV closest to you provides the service you require. In addition, you can call to see if your local DMV allows you to make a personal appointment. Read more below to see if an in-person visit is either preferred or required.




Your license may be suspended for a variety of reasons. Some situations are clear, while others are subtle, with some drivers unaware that their license is suspended at all. In this guide, you'll find information on the steps necessary to reinstate your Missouri driver's license, no matter what your violation was.

Driving with a suspended or revoked license is a crime. If you drive while your license is revoked, you could be charged with a Class A misdemeanor, with the maximum penalty possibly involving a $1,000 fine and up to one year in jail.

Reinstating Your License

If your Missouri driving privilege was suspended, revoked, or denied and you would like to know how to get it back, follow the three steps below.

  1. Determine the reason why your driving privilege was suspended, revoked or denied. This information is included in the letter you received from the Driver License Bureau when your driving privilege was taken away, or can be found on your current Missouri driver record. You may purchase a copy of your current driver record at any Missouri license office, or call (573) 526-2407. The basic fee for a Missouri driver record is $5.88 per driver record.
  2. Note all the reasons why your driving privilege was taken away. A reason should be listed on each letter, and all the reasons will be listed on your driver record under "Department Actions." If all the dates show, you may now get your driving privilege back, use the chart provided at http://dor.mo.gov/drivers/ldp.php#chart to find out what forms to file, if any, and how much you must pay. If it is still too soon to get your driving privilege back, you may want to read the information about limited driving privileges.
  3. If you have two or more reasons listed explaining why your driving privilege was taken away, look on the chart under each reason to see what forms you need and the total amount to pay. NOTE: You will only need to file one proof of liability insurance form (i.e., an SR-22 form) even if it is required under all reasons for which you lost your driving privilege.

For Example: If you lost your driving privilege because of points from speeding tickets, you must file proof of insurance (SR-22 form) and pay $20. However, if you also lost your driving privilege due to refusing to take an alcohol or drug test, you must file proof you completed a Substance Abuse Traffic Offender Program (SATOP), file an SR-22 insurance form, and pay an additional $45. Altogether, you must pay a total of $65, complete a SATOP, and file an SR-22 insurance form.

For more information on SATOP, visit http://dmh.mo.gov/ada/satop/