Baltimore, MD asked in Traffic Tickets for Maryland

Q: Hi,want to get back drivers license. Had them revoked 30 yrs. ago. What is the best way about doing it.

I am 65 and need for doctors etc. Also want to know if the points are still active if I get them back. Thanks

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Mark Oakley
Mark Oakley
Answered
  • Criminal Law Lawyer
  • Rockville, MD
  • Licensed in Maryland

A: It depends on the reason for your losing your license in the first place. If it was for point accumulation only, then you were eligible to become reinstated following the suspension or revocation period. There are different procedures depeding on whether you were merely suspended, or were revoked. Points come off your license 2 years after the date of the violation, so they are long gone after 30 years. If your license was suspended or revoked for a drinking and driving (or drug intoxication) offense, or if your license was referred to what was then known as the Medical Advisory Board (it has a different name now) then there will be further hoops you would have to jump through. This is all assuming your loss of license was in Maryland. If another state suspended or revoked you, then you will need to satisfy that other state's reinstatement procedures before any other state will issue you a license. I would start by going onto the Maryland MVA website, and download your complete Maryland Driving Record, or go to any MVA office and request a copy. The basis for your loss of license should be ascertainable by a review of your record, including any referral to the Medical Advisory Board. That will dictate what your next steps are. It may be as simple as applying for your license. When you have not had a license for 30 years, you may need to do more than simply pay a reinstatement fee even if it was just a suspension based on point accumulation.

Scott Scherr agrees with this answer

Scott Scherr
Scott Scherr
Answered
  • Criminal Law Lawyer
  • Towson, MD
  • Licensed in Maryland

A: Make an appointment with the MVA and find out what you need to do to get your license back. It may involve taking the written and driving test all over again and also dealing with the Medical Advisory Board. They will tell you exactly what you need to do.

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