According to the Minnesota Department of Public Safety (DPS), failure of the breath test or refusal to submit to testing, results in the revocation of your driving privileges.
Data privacy law prohibits anyone else (such as your attorney) from contacting DPS on your behalf. Therefore you must call the Minnesota DPS directly at 651-296-2025 to gather information about your driving privileges. Due to the large number of calls they receive, the best time to reach DPS is in the morning. You will be asked to identify yourself and provide your driver’s license number. Be sure to take notes during the conversation and ask the following questions:
- How long is my revocation period?
- What date am I eligible for a limited driver’s license?
- What date am I eligible for full reinstatement?
- What are the exact conditions I must satisfy to obtain my reinstatement?
Driver’s License Reinstatement Requirements
Prior to the DPS issuing you a work permit or driver’s license, you must take the DWI written exam, pay the reinstatement fees, and apply for a new Minnesota driver’s license. This can be completed at any of the driver exam stations. Find your nearest exam station here.
Remember do NOT drive to the exam station if you are currently revoked. It is likely you will be charged with another offense if you are caught.
Below you will find PDFs of chapters 7 and 8 of the Minnesota Driver’s Manual from the Department of Public Safety. These chapters deal specifically with the exam material and we recommend you study this information prior to taking the DWI written test.
Additional Drivers’ License Resources:
- Department of Public Safety and Driver and Vehicle Service
- DPS and Ignition Interlock Letter
- Driver’s Manual
- DWI Clinics
- Program Guidelines
Hopefully this guide has been a little helpful in your quest to learn more about your driving privileges in the wake of a breath test refusal, but if you’re looking for more information or you want an attorney to assist with any criminal charges you’re facing, please don’t hesitate to reach out to Avery and the team at Appelman Law Firm. DUIs and traffic charges are our forte, and we’d be more than happy to defend you against any charges you’re facing.
So if you want to do everything in your power to hold onto your driving privileges, avoid drinking and driving, but if a mistake occurs, make sure your next move is to reach out to an experienced defense attorney. If you’re looking for one in the greater Twin Cities area, look no further than Appelman Law Firm. Give our team a call today at (952) 224-2277 to set up your free case consultation today.