Getting Your Licence Back in Ontario
If you were convicted and had your licence suspended, you will need to complete the following steps when the suspension time is over:
- Make sure you have paid all fines as ordered.
- Complete all programs ordered by the court.
- Obtain documents proving you can drive legally.
- Pay a reinstatement fee to the Province of Ontario.
- Take (and pass) certain tests depending on how long your licence was suspended.
Testing Requirements After DUI
If your licence was suspended for less than three years, you will only need to pass a vision test. For a suspension of between three and ten years, you will need to pass a vision test, a written driving knowledge test, and two road tests. In a case when the suspension is ten years or longer, you will need to apply as a new driver. All tests need to be retaken, and you will have to observe all the mandatory waiting periods.
Mandatory Programs Required for Licence Reinstatement
It can take almost a year to complete the three steps of the Back on Track program. The first part is a 60-minute assessment to decide whether an eight-hour educational workshop or a 16-hour treatment workshop would be more appropriate. Each of the programs includes information on the dangers of drugs and alcohol from the perspective of overall health and driving. The treatment workshop also helps participants take personal responsibility for their substance use.
Participants must complete a follow-up interview to pass the program six months after completing their workshop. At that point, they become eligible to have their licence reinstated. All participants must also do the following:
- Arrive on time for all meetings.
- Attend all scheduled program meetings.
- Actively participate in the program.
- Not show any signs of alcohol or drug use while participating in the program.
- Demonstrate they understand that drinking and drug use must be separate activities from driving.
Anyone who fails the program must attend a second time. They must also pay the enrolment fee again before they can restart.
The ignition interlock program is the other mandatory program you must participate in following your suspension period. Your reinstated driver’s licence will include a designation stating that you can only drive vehicles equipped with an ignition interlock device.
An ignition interlock system is a breathalyzer machine that is installed in your vehicle. If you blow over a pre-set limit, the car won’t start. If you try to “get around” the ignition interlock system by not providing a breath sample, your car won’t start. You also have to provide breath samples at random times while driving to ensure you are not drinking while driving. Failing to provide a breath sample on request or exceeding the pre-set limit means the car’s lights and horn will activate at the same time until you pull over and turn off the ignition. You will have the system in place according to the following schedule:
- The ignition interlock program is required for at least a year for a first offence.
- For a second offence, it must be kept in place for three years.
- For a third offence, the ignition interlock must be kept in place for at least six years after a minimum licence suspension of 10 years.
How an Experienced Ontario DUI Lawyer Can Help You
When you are pulled over on suspicion of DUI, a conviction and licence suspension are not automatic. You still have an opportunity to defend yourself to potentially avoid a conviction. When you retain an experienced Ontario DUI lawyer, you have someone who will vigorously defend you.
At Kruse Law Firm, we specialize in DUI defence. Our lawyers have the knowledge and experience to look for any holes or errors in the case against you. We work aggressively to help you avoid a conviction and minimize the consequences of a DUI conviction on your life. Contact us today at 1-800-699-0806 to arrange your free case review.