Get your revoked driver’s license back in Oregon

If your driver’s license has been permanently revoked based on a third or subsequent DUII/DUI/DWI conviction or a felony DUII/DUI/DWI conviction in Oregon you can petition the court to get your license back.

If you were convicted under ORS 813.010 and your license was permanently revoked, there is still hope. After the lapse of ten years from the date that you were sentenced to probation or ten years from the date that you were released from incarceration, under ORS 809.235 you can petition the court to restore your diving privileges.

The court is not required to reinstate your driving privileges, and to get your license back you must have a hearing in front of a judge. In order to restore your right to drive it is critical that you consult with an attorney knowledgeable in the area to formulate an effective strategy to present to the court.

The court will consider a number of factors when determining whether to restore your driving privileges. These are:

  • The nature of the offense for which the driving privileges were revoked;
  • The degree of violence involved in the offense.
  • Other criminal and relevant noncriminal behavior of the petitioner both before and after the conviction that resulted in revocation.
  • The recommendation of the person’s parole officer, which shall be based in part on a psychological evaluation ordered by the court to determine whether the person is presently a threat to the safety of the public.
  • Any other relevant factors.


If your license was permanently revoked based on a DUI conviction, and it has been ten years, call Anfuso Law, P.C. today to discuss your case.

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Ryan Anfuso started Anfuso Law, P.C. because he saw the need for the highest quality of criminal defense, no matter what the charge. Prior to starting Anfuso Law, P.C., Ryan spent years working for large criminal defense firms where he represented numerous clients at the same time. In response to that model, Ryan started Anfuso Law, P.C. to ensure that all his clients received the unique attention that they deserved. To that end Anfuso Law, P.C. is committed to maintaining a limited caseload. Ryan understands that when your attorney takes a limited number of cases, your investment in your defense brings a greater return.


  1. Stephanie Bueckert Reply

    My husband is trying to get a hardship so that he can go to work and we have a daughter who has spiba bifida so we have alot of medical appointments. He will admit he had a drinking problem but has not had a sip of alcohol in over 5 years. Were not asking for his slate to be he just wants to provide for his family of five! He has received DWS but its usually on the way to work or comming home.. Everything we read he will never be able to drive. All he wants is to go to work and provide! We need help and are scraping by as it is!

    • Stephanie, unfortunately the legislature did not create the possibility of a hardship or probationary license for a permanent revocation for a third or subsequent DUII conviction.

  2. I am currently suffering from a 2007 conviction of DUI felony with lifetime revocation. I was released from prison in 2009, and completed my post prison suprivision in 2011. I live in Texas and never plan to return to Oregon where my conviction originated. The reason I am “suffering” is because a crime that is now 7 years old is holding me back from moving on. My DUI’s are inexcusable and I am not asking for pity. But it is unfair to continue to penalize a person years following their DUI crimes. My crime was non-violent and I have been sober and in a recovery program since. Most people convicted of DUIs are employed at the time of their arrest, and have families to support. Yet this law of lifetime revocation forces people to become criminals in a since just to survive. I think this severe penalty of lifetime revocation should be used against the manslaughter cases and vehicular homocide cases. The thousand of cases that have occurred since this law took affect will show no decline in cases. People that get DUI’s have a drinking problem, not a driving problem. Interlock devices in the vehicles are much more effective punishment than 10 years of license revocation. Oregon needs to see that their efforts to discourage DUIs with lifetime revocation is a mistake. It has over populated the Oregon prison system with inmates convicted of driving on revoked license because they were trying to get to work to support their families. And having to prove to the courts that you have been rehabilitated after 10 years of revocation is unconstitutional, because what about innocence until proven guilty. I was convicted, I served 2 years in prison, and I completed 2 years of post prison suprivision. I paid my debt to society. I am bitter about this law of revocation for life because it doesnt stop DUIs , it only stops people that made mistakes from becoming productive citizens again. Most people only have 30 years in the worforce, and if your laws in Oregon are going to make a person try to find a ride to work for 10 years of that, after they completed their sentence imposed, this is unconstitutional. DUIs are a cry for help for alcohol addiction. Once treated people can make changes to their life. Since my release from prison, I moved back to Texas, I own a home on the beach, and I run my business at of my house. I have been sober since my incarceration began in Nov. 2007 and I still have 3 and half years left before I can apply for reinstatement. I have had to alter my life in order to make money to survive. Most good paying jobs require a license. Oregon needs to revise their revocation law to a more managable time frame. 10 year revocation is an abusive assualt to someone trying to repair their life after getting out of prison. I guarantee, since this law was inacted on Jan. 1st 2004, DUI convictions have increased opposed to decrease which this law was supposed to do. I think Oregonneeds to do away with the lifetime revocation, make convicted DUIs get interlock installed in their vehicles after their release from prison, and watch how people prosper after their convictions.

  3. Is there any chance to ask for early leniency? I’m at 8 yrs. I don’t drive. So no problem there. I’ve been sober 8 yrs. I have taken every bit of punishment, because I deserve it. But financially, just a limited license to find better jobs for my family. I only use public transportation. I’m sure you hear my sob story all the time, but any response would be appreciated
    Than you, Brian

    • Brian, I understand how hard it can be to not have a license. Unfortunately, if your license was revoked for a third or subsequent DUII conviction in Oregon, you would not be eligible to petition the court to reinstate your driving privileges until 10 years have elapsed from the date of conviction if you were sentenced to probation or 10 years from the date of release from prison if you were sentenced to prison at the earliest. Please give the office a call and I would be happy to discuss your case with you.

  4. Christian duden Reply

    I have just got two driving while suspended but it has been ten years from my duii making my licence revoke I have not been charged yet is it possible to still get my licence back ,

    • Christian, I would need to speak with you about your situation to answer this question for you. Generally though, any criminal conviction for a driving crime that occurred after the revocation will reset the 10 year period of time that you must wait before you can petition to reinstate your driving privileges.

  5. Devyn L Home Reply


    I called in with questions on a driver’s license hold due to unpaid traffic tickets and Ryan went way above and beyond for me to get me on the right track to clearing up my issues! Super friendly and very patient with all my questions. He is extremely passionate about truly helping out. 10 stars all day everyday!! Thank you again for everything. You are a lifesaver!

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