Reinstate Suspended License in Maryland

Maryland runs on a points system, much like many other U.S. states. If you accumulate a certain amount of points, your Maryland driver's license will be suspended. The MVA is very strict about adhering to their points system, but they also have another type of suspension known as a standard suspension. Below you will find more information on both types of driver's license suspensions.

  • Points-Based Suspension ? If you accumulate anywhere between eight and 11 points, and none of the offenses are related to drugs and/or alcohol, you will receive a notice in the mail that your license is going to be suspended. You can either return your license to the MVA and comply, or request a hearing within 15 days of receiving the notice to appeal the situation.
  • Standard Suspension ? The rules are basically the same, you must have between eight and 11 points on your Maryland driver's license, however, with a standard suspension, at least some of the points are related to drug and/or alcohol offenses. In this case, you have three options: Accept the suspension and spend three months to a year without a license, contest the suspension within 15 days, or, allow for a BAC (Blood Alcohol Concentration) monitor to be placed in your car. It will require you to blow in it and have a clear reading before you can start your car and drive.

Maryland residents dealing with a suspended license situation have various options to get their license reinstated. The main difference will be whether drugs and/or alcohol had been involved in any offense, or not. If not, you can have your license back in less than six months. Standard suspensions will require treatment or education classes in order to reinstate your Maryland driver's license. In addition, although the time it will be suspended for varies, it will take much longer to get back your Maryland driver's license under a standard suspension rather than a points-based suspension.