License Recovery

The New York State Department of Motor Vehicles (NYSDMV) offers a conditional license to eligible applicants who need to drive to work while their regular licenses are suspended or revoked. You must attend a Drinking Driver Program (DDP) approved by the NYSDMV.

New York law requires that an ignition interlock device be installed for any offense where the BAC is 0.08 or greater, even for first offenses.

Steps to Obtaining a Conditional Driver’s License During Your Suspension:

  • Serve any jail time and suspension time.
  • Enroll in the Drinking Driver Program (DDP) and apply for a conditional license. This program is not available for anyone who has had a DWI within the past five years.
  • Fill out the Restricted License form (MV-44CR).
  • During the DDP course, you may be referred to a DMV recognized health care provider for formal evaluation and, if necessary, treatment.
  • When you have completed the program, you will receive a Notice of Completion (MV-2026) and notification of your completion will be sent to the DMV.
  • If you have 2 or more alcohol or drug related convictions within 10 years, you must also provide proof that you have completed treatment or do not need treatment.
  • Obtain SR-22 proof of insurance.
  • Complete written, vision, and drive examinations, if required.
  • If required, call an authorized ignition interlock provider and make an appointment to have an ignition interlock installed. They will verify your eligibility for an interlock. Once your interlock is installed, the installer will give you a certificate confirming the installation.
  • Pay all fees and fines.
  • Once you have your license, you will be required to bring in your vehicle to the interlock provider each month for the length of time you are required to have it.
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