How to Get an Idaho Driver’s License Reinstatement

An Idaho driver’s license reinstatement fee can range from between $15 to $285, depending on the nature of the offense and the number of offenses committed.
Written by Jason Tushinski
Reviewed by Kathleen Flear
, getting your
driver’s license
reinstated after a suspension or revocation will cost anywhere from $15 to $285, depending on the nature of the offense and the number of offenses committed. You’ll only be able to get your Idaho driver’s license reinstated once the
license suspension
or revocation period expires.
Having your driver’s license suspended is a big deal, as this can seriously hamper your ability to get to and from work, school, and necessary appointments, such as medical treatments. That’s why
has put together everything you need to know to get your driver’s license reinstated in the Gem State.
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Why you might need a license reinstatement in Idaho

Both the Idaho Department of Transportation and state courts can issue driver’s license suspensions and revocations for a variety of reasons. Failing to pay for a traffic citation can get your license suspended, and your driver’s license can be revoked due to an at-fault accident that results in injury or death. 
If your driver’s license is suspended or revoked, you’ll have to wait until the penalty period ends before applying for reinstatement, as well as pay all related fees.

How to get a license reinstatement in Idaho

You’ll have to wait until your suspension or revocation period ends before applying to get your driver’s license reinstated. You’ll also have to pay a fine, which you can do through the
reinstatement portal
For your application for
, you’ll need to submit the following information:
  • Your name as it appears on your driver’s license
  • Your Idaho driver’s license number or Social Security number
  • Your date of birth
  • If necessary, provide proof of
    liability insurance
    and financial responsibility (SR-22)
Here’s how Idaho’s
for driver’s license suspensions are broken down:
  • $25 fee for: excessive violation points, habitual violator, failure to maintain insurance, repeat violations under 17
  • $85 fee for: leaving the scene of an accident, reckless driving, eluding a peace officer, vehicular manslaughter
  • $245 fee for: out-of-state conviction for DUI, blood alcohol concentration test refusal
  • $285 fee for: Idaho conviction or withheld judgment for DUI

How to get a hardship license in Idaho

If your license has been suspended or revoked, you can apply for a
restricted driving permit
Idaho’s Department of Transportation
or the court that suspended or revoked your license. 
If you need to get to work, school, or vital life appointments such as medical treatment but your license isn’t available to you, applying for a restricted permit is your best bet to get back on the road for necessary purposes. Do note—there is no guarantee that your application will be approved.
To apply for a restricted driving permit in Idaho, you’ll need to answer a questionnaire on the form that will help determine your eligibility. You’ll also need to submit the following:
  • Proof of insurance (SR-22) in your name, if required
  • A signed and dated driver’s agreement
  • Work and/or school verification—form must be signed by your employer and/or school administrator if seeking a restricted license
  • Pay any applicable reinstatement fees
  • A $60 restricted driving permit fee
Submit your application and all other documents and fees by mail to:
Idaho Transportation Department 
DMV Operations—Restricted Permits PO Box 34
Boise, ID 83731-0034
You can also e-mail your application to
or fax your application to (208) 287-3880.
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What is an SR-22 certificate?

If an Idaho driver has their driver’s license suspended or revoked, they might be required to prove financial responsibility with an
form upon having their license reinstated. Having SR-22 coverage proves that you meet Idaho’s minimum auto insurance requirements.
Your insurance provider will file your SR-22 form on your behalf, usually for a small fee. Be aware that if you need SR-22 coverage, your car insurance premiums will likely rise significantly.
You may be required to purchase SR-22 coverage if you are convicted of the following in Idaho:
  • Driving without insurance
  • Reckless driving causing bodily injury or death
  • Failure to appear in court
For a first offense, SR-22 coverage will likely be necessary for one year. For any following offenses, SR-22 coverage will be necessary for at least three years.

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