COSTS RISE TO GET LICENSE BACK AFTER DUI REFUSAL
Starting on January 11, 2018, if you are convicted of driving under the influence (DUI) and it is determined that you refused to give either a blood or breath sample it will cost you a lot more money to get your license back. Currently, Penn Dot imposes a $70 restoration fee to get your license back after a DUI conviction. Starting January 11, 2018 for a first offense with a refusal, the restoration fee will now be a whopping $500. The second time around – it will be $1000 to get your driving privileges back. For a third offense or more you will have to pay $2000. This fee is just to get your license back and does not include court costs and standard fines which start at $1000 for a first offense DUI refusal.
Under the current law, if you refuse to submit to a blood or breath test your license can be suspended civilly by Penn Dot for 1 year. If you are then later convicted of a DUI stemming from the same offense and deemed a refusal, your license can be suspended for an additional 1 year. You may be eligible to get your license back earlier provided that you install a breathalyzer on your car. This is also a significant expense.