Understanding Early License Reinstatement

When it comes to a Colorado DUI, consequences of conviction can be severe. Sometimes, a conviction on charges of driving under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs is unavoidable. One of the mandatory consequences for a DUI conviction is suspension of driving privileges. When conviction happens, it is important to consider the options you have moving forward. In many circumstances, those convicted of a Colorado DUI will be eligible for early reinstatement of their driver’s license depending on the circumstances of their conviction.

First Offenses

For first offenders whose blood alcohol concentration is less than 0.150% at the time of chemical testing, your license will be revoked for a nine-month period, but you may be eligible for reinstatement after one month of revocation if you commit to an ignition interlock device for the remaining eight months. For those with a blood alcohol concentration of 0.150% or higher at the time of chemical testing, a driver’s license is revoked for a mandatory nine-month period and you are also eligible for reinstatement after completing one month of revocation. However, individuals convicted of the latter offense will likely need to maintain an ignition interlock device in their vehicles for at least two years. Your criminal defense attorney can help you understand the possible qualifications you will need to meet in order to request early reinstatement for your Colorado driver’s license.

Reinstatement Process

The reinstatement process often takes several weeks to work its way through the system, so you should consider beginning that process three or four weeks before you hope to gain reinstatement privileges. The state will not take additional steps to notify you of when you are eligible to request reinstatement, nor will they inform you of when a license revocation or suspension has ended other than providing that information on the initial correspondence related to the penalty.

You can start the reinstatement process online or you can go through the process through the mail, though doing so online can expedite the process a little. The process begins by completing the state’s Application for Reinstatement. You will also need to provide:


  • A check or money order (if requesting by mail) or other acceptable form of payment (if requesting reinstatement online) in the amount of $95;
  • Evidence of insurance and related SR22 verification (basically, certification of being a “high-risk” driver from your insurance company); and
  • Any other specific documentation that may be required by state law or your probation as a condition for reinstatement.


You will also need to have an ignition interlock device installed in the vehicle you will be driving, and will likely have to provide proof of such installation. Failing to comply with ignition interlock requirements either because you register a blood alcohol concentration of a specified level on three separate occasions or drive a vehicle other than yours equipped with an ignition interlock device, or if you tamper with that device, then you will lose reinstatement privileges and your license will be revoked for a year or the remainder of the original revocation period, whichever is longer.

Legal Assistance with the Colorado DUI Process

It is important to keep in mind that all 50 states share licensing revocation and suspension information. If Colorado revoked your license and you do not complete the reinstatement process successfully along with other conditions of your probation, you will not be able to obtain a license in another state. It is extremely important to follow through with the conditions of your DUI probation and consider reinstatement when the time to do so is right for you. For more information about the potential consequences of DUI convictions, including information about the reinstatement process, contact the criminal defense team at Tiftickjian Law Firm to schedule a consultation and find out more information about the important questions you need answered.

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