What To Do When Your Driver’s License Is Suspended

Facing a driver’s license suspension in Ontario can be a challenging and confusing situation. Understanding the reasons behind the suspension and the steps to take towards reinstatement is very important. Here’s a comprehensive guide to help you navigate this process effectively.


Identify the Reason for Suspension

The first step is to determine the specific reason for your license suspension, as the path to reinstatement varies depending on the cause. Here are some common reasons for suspension:


  • Unpaid Fines: Failure to pay fines from court or roadside penalties can lead to suspension.
  • Court-Ordered Suspension: A judge may impose a suspension as part of sentencing for traffic violations or other offences.
  • Medical Suspensions: Health-related concerns that impact your ability to drive safely can result in suspension.
  • Demerit Points: Accumulating too many demerit points, especially for novice drivers under the graduated licensing system, can trigger a suspension.
  • Alcohol-Related Offences: DUI charges or roadside warnings can result in immediate suspension.


Steps to Take Following Suspension

  1. Understand Your Suspension: Obtain a detailed report from the Ministry of Transportation Ontario (MTO) or Service Ontario to understand the specifics of your suspension, including its duration and any conditions for reinstatement. Check here on how to obtain your Driver’s Abstract.
  2. Resolve the Underlying Issue: Whether it’s paying outstanding fines, addressing medical concerns, or completing a court-ordered program, take action to resolve the issue that led to the suspension.
  3. Attend a Reinstatement Meeting: Depending on the reason for suspension, you may be required to attend a meeting with the MTO to discuss your eligibility for license reinstatement.
  4. Complete Required Programs: In cases of DUI or accumulation of demerit points, you might need to complete specific driving or rehabilitation programs.
  5. Pay Reinstatement Fees: A fee is typically required to reinstate your driver’s license once all conditions are met.


Seeking Professional Help

Given the complexities surrounding driver’s license suspensions, consulting with a legal expert can provide clarity and direction. OTD Legal offers free consultations to discuss your specific situation and explore your options for reinstatement. Our team can guide you through the process, ensuring you understand the necessary steps and helping you address any legal or administrative hurdles.


Video Transcription:

A driver’s license suspension in Ontario is not the end of the road. By understanding the reason for your suspension and taking proactive steps towards resolution, you can navigate the path to getting back behind the wheel. Remember, the key to a successful reinstatement is addressing the root cause of the suspension and complying with all reinstatement requirements. Should you need assistance or have questions about your suspension, don’t hesitate to reach out to OTD Legal for expert advice and support.

What to do when your driver’s license is suspended in Ontario? Very good question. I think one of the first things that I would need to determine is how, in fact, you arrived in that suspension. Because there are multiple avenues of how you could be in a position where your driver’s license is suspended.

And it’s important to note in order to figure out what can be done to help you. For example, if you forgot to pay a fine, you could be suspended. You could have been imposed a fine in court. You could have been given a fine at the roadside. And if that wasn’t paid, then in fact, you could be suspended. You could be in a court and given a fine, which you paid, but the court also said, by the way, your license is suspended for the next six months.

That’s another way of determining what we would need to do in order to help you. Medical suspensions, yet another facet of something that would need to be considered. How we would handle helping you with a situation like that would be very different.

Demerit points in Ontario function in a couple of different ways. One is you have to be aware of the graduated licensing system or the novice drivers. They have a different threshold for the number of demerit points, but, and much lower, so they don’t need to collect enough too many demerit points to end up in a suspension. But how we would address that and help that particular client would be very different, again.

Things such as child support, non-payment of child support could push a license into suspension, and how we would address that, ultimately different than the other avenues. Alcohol related charges, warnings roadside suspensions that may occur. Again, how those things are addressed and the length of those suspensions, there are lots of things that need to be considered.

What I would suggest, because it is a complicated area I would you know, it’s a free consultation. I would, I would consider approaching OTD Legal and asking those questions. And you’ll be certainly asked some of the things that you’ve heard in this video so that we can determine how best to help you with that particular situation.

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