Reinstating your Missouri Driver's License

It can be a long road to reaching the point of reinstating a driver's license in Missouri after a DWI. A driving while intoxicated (DWI) conviction typically leads to a suspension of driving privileges in Missouri. Missouri law requires someone convicted of a first DWI offense to have their driver's license revoked for 30 days, then suspended for an additional 60 days. A convicted second offense of DWI is even worse since it requires the driver's license to be revoked for 1 year. The driver could also face a $1000 fine and 1 year in jail. Once a driver with a second offense is able to have their license reinstated, they may be required to have an ignition interlock system installed on their car which can detect alcohol. These systems cost approximately $800 per year plus installation.

Driving in Missouri is considered a privilege and not a right. After the period of suspension is over, the driver can file for reinstatement of driving privileges after filing all the requirements for reinstatement with the Department of Revenue. It is up to the driver who lost driving privileges to file for reinstatement, the driver's license will not automatically be returned.

Things You Will Need

Proof of insurance

SATOP completion certificate


Step 1

Begin an assessment screening which considers alcohol or substance abuse and how they relate to operating vehicles. A Missouri Driver Risk Inventory II (DRI-II) will need to be completed. A driving record history check will be made through the Department of Revenue. A personal interview will also be scheduled to make the final assessment. From these studies, you will be assigned with a level of Substance Abuse Traffic Offender Program (SATOP)placement.

Step 2

Complete the SATOP program that you were assigned. The SATOP programs include Offender Education Program (OEP), Adolescent Diversion Education Program (ADEP), Weekend Intervention Program (WIP), Clinical Intervention Program (CIP), Youth Clinical Intervention (YCIP), or Traditional Treatment. The OEP program is usually assigned if you are a first time offender. You will receive a completion form at the end of the training.

Step 3

Before the end of the suspension period, mail the SATOP completion form, a proof of financial responsibility (insurance or self-insurance), and a $45 fee to:

Driver License Bureau
301West High Street, Room 470, PO Box 200
Jefferson City, MO 65105-0200

The proof of insurance form is also known as SR-22. The fee can be paid using a Visa, Mastercard, Discover, or American Express. Otherwise you may also pay using a cashier's check, money order, or personal check made payable to the Missouri Department of Revenue.

Step 4

If this is a second DWI offense, provide a proof of installation of a ignition interlock device. This device must be certified by the Missouri Department of Transportation (MDOT). It must be installed on every vehicle you operate. This device must be kept on the vehicles for a minimum period of six months from your reinstatement date. Call 1-800-800-2358 to get a list of preapproved ignition interlock device installers. Following these steps will help you to do the things necessary to reinstate your suspended driver's license in Missouri as a result of a DWI.

Tips & Warnings

It is far better to avoid driving while drinking. Call a friend or a cab to drive you home. Having to go through the time and expense to reinstate a driver's license is tough.