If your license is revoked or suspended, your best course of action is to employ a California driver license attorney to help earn it back. Mr. Kendall will objectively present your case, both orally and on paper, in a way that makes it reasonable for the DMV to give you the "green light." Rock Kendall has successfully represented hundreds of drivers of all ages at California DMV hearings throughout the state. Here are some of his favorite tips:

The DMV's Hearing Officer is not the "enemy." You'll want to "sell" your premise that you should get your license back. Typically, this requires passing both the written test, and the stringent "skill" test, officially known as a Driver Performance Evaluation.

Two steps have proven helpful in accomplishing this:

1. Get your doctors to help. Do you have a driver license medical suspension? Ask your physician and your eye doctor to complete the DMV's Driver Medical Evaluation form or DMV's Report of Vision Examination form. It may also help if your doctors each write a brief letter stating whether they believe that you are presently qualified to drive, assuming that you pass the DMV exams; and whether any limitation should be placed upon your driving privilege.

2. Ask for driving lessons first. At your hearing, early on, ask for a "Special Instruction Permit" so that you may employ a private professional instructor prior to being re-tested. Being a good test taker is NOT the same thing as being a good driver. It is something more. So no matter how competent you may feel about your ability to drive, a few lessons from a licensed driving instructor should go far toward improving your ability to pass your driving exam. Simply having had a professional coach with a critical eye in your car will likely make you more relaxed when that person is a DMV examiner. And knowing your weaknesses and having a chance to improve before your exam will make you both more confident and competent during your test.

Don't argue about what caused your license to be suspended or revoked. And don't talk about how long you've been driving or why you need to drive. Focus instead on the more relevant issue: Whether you should be driving now. Prove this with your doctors' letters of support and your desire to improve your driving (and test taking) skill.

Each case, of course is unique. Each case involves a single driver and the particular issues that caused the DMV to scrutinize that individual's driver license situation. Mr. Kendall, drawing on years of experience handling a great variety of these cases and providing representation at DMV hearings, carefully analyzes each to determine and develop the very best plan of action. In this step-by-step process, he seeks to find the best possible opportunity to return his client to safe, independent driving whenever possible.

Be positive! Contrary to what you may have heard, the DMV is not out to get all driving seniors off the road. Mr. Kendall's successful clients range in age from 17 to 101.

For example, one recent drive test by a client, age 81, concluded with the following hand-written comments by the DMV examiner on the test scores:

  • Drive Test Satisfactory.
  • Very good driving skills!
  • Reaction to traffic hazards is very good.
  • Scans very well. Visual search is excellent.
  • Has very good control of vehicle. Both on surface streets and freeways.
  • Good concentration while doing multiple directions and trip destination.
  • Did not seem disoriented at any time.

A Heartfelt Thank You...

"I am legal again and I cannot find enough words to thank you for your beautiful service. During this hearing you made some great statements, but I found it just superb when you told the officer that I had bought a replacement car, and then you asked me if I had any ticket or accident in this interim period when I was driving until my license was pulled. And I could answer that I did just fine: no tickets, no accidents. It was just great having met you." Sincerely yours, John Bos, Sacramento, California.

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