If a driver has his or her license permanently revoked, there is little to no hope that it will be reinstated. License suspensions and revocations both work under the principle that driving is a privilege and not a right. Those who abuse the privilege and break the law should be prepared to suffer the consequences.
In the case of a DUI conviction, even first-time offenders are subject to license revocations. The length of the revocation varies from state to state and ranges from 90 days to a full year.
Drivers who earn their second or third DUI conviction face having their licenses revoked for another five to ten years, in addition to other penalties such as jail time, fines, community service, and alcohol and drug rehabilitation programs among others.
However, if a driver goes so far as to generate a fourth DUI conviction, regardless of when the prior convictions occurred, permanent license revocation is mandatory. At this point, there is no chance that a hardship license will be issued or that the standard drivers license is going to be reinstated.
In addition to a fourth time offender permanently losing his or her license, the individual also faces a minimum of 60 consecutive days in jail and a maximum of one year. The fines for this offense can range from $750 to $10,000. The offender also runs into other costs, such as paying for drug or alcohol treatment. The same rules apply to drivers who are convicted of murder with a motor vehicle, regardless of their driving or criminal records.
Mandatory license revocation also applies to the crimes of DUI manslaughter, DUI serious bodily injury, and vehicular homicide. In some cases, the minimum revocation period is three years.
However, the courts can rule that the offender permanently lose his driving privileges. If a driver convicted of DUI manslaughter has no prior DUI-related convictions, he or she may be eligible for hardship reinstatement after five years, even if it was ruled that the license be permanently revoked.
Commercial motor vehicle drivers can be permanently prohibited from operating a commercial motor vehicle. The law is a bit stricter for these drivers, as a commercial motor vehicle license is permanently revoked after only the second conviction for operating the vehicle under the influence of alcohol, refusing to submit to a test to determine blood alcohol content, or driving while in the possession of a controlled substance.