In New York, it is possible to get your driver’s license back after three DWI (Driving While Intoxicated) convictions, but the process can be challenging and subject to certain requirements and restrictions.
If you are convicted of a third DWI within a 10-year period, your driver’s license will be revoked for a minimum of one year. However, the actual revocation period could be longer depending on the specific circumstances of your case and your driving history.
After the revocation period has ended, you may apply for a new driver’s license, but you must go through the following steps:
- Complete a DMV-approved alcohol or substance abuse treatment program, if required by the court or the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV).
- Pay any required fees and fines related to your DWI convictions and license revocation.
- Apply for a new driver’s license, which may involve retaking the written and road tests.
- Install an ignition interlock device (IID) in any vehicles you own or operate, as required by law after multiple DWI convictions. You will be responsible for the costs of installing and maintaining the IID.
- Obtain and maintain high-risk auto insurance (also known as SR-22 insurance) for a designated period, as required by the DMV.
Please note that the DMV has the authority to deny your application for a new driver’s license based on your driving history or other factors, such as the nature and severity of your DWI convictions.
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In most cases, yes. The length of any suspension or revocation will depend on the time between each conviction. If you are facing your second or third DWI arrest and you are concerned about the implications that it will have for your driver’s license you should contact an attorney to discuss the facts of your case.