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What do I need to do to reinstate my Oregon Driver’s License after a conviction for Driving Under the Influence of Intoxicants?

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What do I need to do to reinstate my Oregon Driver’s License after a conviction for Driving Under the Influence of Intoxicants?

First confirm that you were convicted.  Many people confuse this with diversion.  If you completed diversion and your case was dismissed, this information is not applicable to you.

If you were in fact convicted, your license was suspended for a period of time following the conviction.  Once the suspension is complete you will need to go to the Department of Motor Vehicles in person and present:

  1. SR-22 insurance certificate. Talk to your insurance agent.  This is the “high risk,” expensive insurance.  You’re going to need to carry SR-22 for three years after your suspension for the DUII is complete.
  2. Ignition Interlock Certificate of Installation. You have to get this before you get the license.  So that means you’ve got to get someone to drive you to the ignition interlock place.  There are lots of these places around.  Just Google “ignition interlock” and your city and you should find a list to choose from.
  3. Treatment Certificate. You were required to do treatment as part of your probation requirements upon conviction.  You need a certificate of completion from that agency to show to the DMV.
  4. $75 reinstatement fee plus $26 replacement fee.

What is a “future responsibility filing?”  Is there any alternative to the expensive SR-22?

SR-22 insurance.  There is no alternative.

I was required to have an SR-22 when I got a hardship permit.  Does that time count against the three years?

No.  The three years begins on the day the suspension is over.  If you got an SR-22 in order to get a hardship permit, the three years is not reduced in any way.

Am I required to have an ignition interlock device following an Oregon DUII conviction?

Yes.  ORS 813.602 (1) states that a person convicted of a first DUII in Oregon is required to have an ignition interlock device for one year, a second DUII: two years, a third DUII: five years.  The requirement starts at the end of the suspension imposed for the conviction is completed.  In the case of a lifetime suspension imposed after a third conviction, the five-year IID requirement begins after the court reinstates the person’s driving privileges.

I was required to have an ignition interlock device when I got a hardship permit.  Does that time count against the one year/two years? 

No.  The one year/two years/five years begins on the day that the suspension is over.  If you got an ignition interlock to get a hardship permit, the one year/two years/five years is not reduced in any way.

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