Lifetime Revocation of Wisconsin Driver’s License

Wisconsin’s lifetime revocation law strengthens penalties for those who choose to jeopardize the safety of others by repeatedly driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol. Having a driver’s license permanently revoked can be life changing. Continue reading to find out when this applies, and the steps you would have to take to reinstate the license.

When This Applies

Your Wisconsin driver’s license may be permanently revoked if:

  • You have four or more OWI offenses, and the fourth offense occurs within fifteen years of the previous offense.
  • When you have two alcohol-related convictions, suspensions, or revocations within a 25-year period AND have two or more qualifying convictions. A qualifying conviction is…
    • A second-degree reckless homicide conviction, homicide by OWI, or homicide by negligent operation of a motor vehicle.
    • A conviction for a crime punishable as a felony under the Motor Vehicle Statute or a felony due to the way a motor vehicle was used.

Reinstatement Process

After ten years free of charges, a person may apply for reinstatement. They must meet the general requirements and:

  • Be free of certain felonies or misdemeanors related to motor vehicles during ten years prior to applying for reinstatement.
  • Submit to and comply with an alcohol or drug test performed by an approved facility no more than 45 days prior to applying for reinstatement.

If you are facing lifetime revocation of your Wisconsin driver’s license, you need to speak with an experienced attorney as soon as possible. This revocation could be life changing as it can inhibit your ability to work, provide for yourself, and receive access to health care. Give us a call at 608-729-4756 so we can help you and get started with your defense.