If your driver’s license is suspended due to a car accident and you were not covered by insurance, you may be eligible for a noncommercial restricted driver’s license during the compulsory one-year suspension period. If you hold a commercial class A, B, or C license, Federal Regulations state you are not eligible for any of the following restrictions. However, if you downgrade to a noncommercial Class C or M driver license, you may receive any or all of the restrictions noted below if you:
- pay a $250 financial responsibility penalty fine and
- pay the reissue fee and
- submit proof of financial responsibility (SR 22) with DMV
The restrictions are:
- Driving to and from work, and during work, and/or
- Driving yourself or other family members to obtain medical care for any serious medical problem, and/or
- Driving your minor dependent to and from school if no public or school bus transportation is available.
If you choose to wait until the compulsory one-year suspension period has passed, you may reapply for an unrestricted driver license after you pay the reissue fee and file proof of financial responsibility (SR 22) with DMV.
Application for California Non-Commercial Restricted Driver License for Financial Responsibility Actions (DL 691)