How do I reinstate if my license is revoked or suspended?

 The difference between a revocation and a suspension
A revocation or suspension have basically the same affect on the privilege to drive in Wisconsin. The real differences between the two are the penalties for being convicted of driving while suspended or revoked and the requirements for reinstatement. Driving after revocation is a criminal offense and can include jail time. Driving while suspended is a civil offense that does not include jail time.
To reinstate a suspended Wisconsin driving privilege, filing proof of insurance is not required except for suspensions under the safety responsibility and damage judgment laws.
To reinstate a revoked Wisconsin driving privilege, a person must file proof of insurance (SR22 form) in all cases, except for the first offense of operating while intoxicated and for all noncompliance (interview/arrest/driver safety plan) revocations.
To find out if you are required to file proof of insurance, how long you are required to file, and whether or not we have acceptable insurance on file, call (608)261-2564 between 6AM and 12 midnight, seven days a week. At the prompt, you will need to enter your social security number and full date of birth.

How to reinstate after suspension (Wisconsin residents)
If you have a Wisconsin driver license in your possession, mail a $50 check or money order payable to Registration Fee Trust to the address below. Be sure to include your full name, date of birth, Wisconsin driver license number, social security number, and your current address.
Wisconsin Department of Transportation
Compliance and Restoration Section
4802 Sheboygan Avenue, Room 301
PO Box 7983
Madison, WI 53707-7983
If your operating privilege was suspended under the safety responsibility or damage judgment laws after April 9, 2001 you will also need to file proof of insurance (SR22 form) with the Department. Contact an insurance company licensed to do business in Wisconsin for the insurance form. Motor carrier insurance may be furnished for commercial motor vehicle operation.
After the suspension period is over, you can confirm that your $50 has been received and your Wisconsin driving privilege is valid by calling (608)264-7133 between 6 a.m. and midnight. You will need your social security number and date of birth to access this information.
If you do not have your Wisconsin license, or it has expired, you will need to:
·        Go to any Division of Motor Vehicles (DMV) service center, except express offices, to apply for a duplicate or renewal.
·        Plan to arrive at least 90 minutes before the center is scheduled to close. Avoid Monday and Friday as they are the busiest days.
·        Show one form of identification with your photo and signature.
·        Pay the $50 reinstatement fee plus a duplicate or renewal fee.
·        File a SR22 if required.
·        Bring a parent or legal guardian to sign as a sponsor for your license if you are under 18.
·        If your operating privilege is under revocation or suspension in any other state, you must satisfy the other state's reinstatement requirements before Wisconsin will issue a license.

How to reinstate after revocation (Wisconsin residents)
If your operating privilege has been revoked you will need to:
·        File proof of insurance (SR22) form) with the Wisconsin Department of Transportation (WisDOT). Contact an insurance company licensed to do business in Wisconsin for the insurance form. Motor carrier insurance may be furnished for commercial motor vehicle operation. You do not need to file proof of insurance if your operating privilege was revoked for a first offense operating while intoxicated (OWI), for noncompliance with an alcohol assessment, interview or driver safety plan, or because you were arrested for OWI while involved in driver safety plan.
·        Go to any DMV service center, except express offices, and complete an application. Show one form of identification with your photo and signature.
·        Bring a parent or legal guardian to sign as a sponsor for your license if you are under 18.
·        If you are obtaining your first Wisconsin driver license you will need to bring a certified birth certificate.
·        Pass required examinations. A road test fee may be required.
·        Pay a $50 reinstatement fee.
·        If your operating privilege is under revocation or suspension in any other state, you must satisfy the other state's reinstatement requirements before Wisconsin will issue a license.

How to reinstate after suspension or revocation (out-of-state residents)
If you are an out-of-state resident you are required to pay a $50 reinstatement fee. Make checks payable to Registration Fee Trust and mail to the address below. Be sure to include your full name, date of birth, social security number, and your current address.
Wisconsin Department of Transportation
Compliance and Restoration Section
4802 Sheboygan Avenue, Room 301
PO Box 7983
Madison, WI 53707-7983
After the suspension or revocation period is over, you can confirm that your $50 has been received and your Wisconsin driving privilege is valid by calling (608)264-7133 between 6 a.m. and midnight. You will need your social security number and date of birth to access this information.