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Finding & Order from Board of Appeal is not a Driver’s License

Massachusetts Registry News

The Board of Appeal has the legal authority to order the Registry to clear a suspension and issue a driver’s license, including a hardship license, even where the Registry has previously denied hardship relief and refused to do so.

After a hearing, the Division of Insurance Board of Appeal issues a “Finding and Order,” which some mistakenly believe qualifies as a “license” and confers driving privileges. The Board’s “Finding and Order” is not a license. It is simply a set of instructions to the Registry of Motor Vehicles to issue a driver’s license, subject to the restrictions and limitations contained in the Board’s order. Again, an order from the Board to the Registry where the Board orders a full reinstatement or 12 hour work license is NOT a license.

In order to get your license after winning at the Board of Appeal, you must go to the Registry, meet with a hearings officer, and have the hearings officer enter the Board’s order into the RMV computer.

If your license has been suspended or revoked for 1 year or more, the Registry will require that you pass a written knowledge and skills test, obtain a learner’s permit, and pass a road test prior to getting your driver’s license reinstated.

You will also have to pay any outstanding fines, citations, excise tax, parking tickets, fast lane violations, and applicable reinstatement fees which range from $100.00 and $1,200.00.

Finally, Melanie’s law might require that you have an ignition interlock device installed in any vehicle which you own, lease, or drive, during the entire term of any hardship license and for 2 years after getting your hardship restriction removed. This requirement applies to anyone who has 2 or more DUI convictions and is reinstating on or after January 1, 2006.

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