28-3315. Period of suspension, revocation or disqualification; unlicensed drivers; definitions

A. The department shall not suspend, revoke or disqualify a driver license or privilege to drive a motor vehicle on the public highways for more than one year from the date of a conviction or judgment, if any, against a person for which this chapter makes revocation, suspension or disqualification mandatory or from the date the notice is sent pursuant to section 28-3318 if no conviction was involved, except as permitted under subsection E of this section and sections 28-3312, 28-3319 and 28-3320.

B. A person whose license or privilege to drive a motor vehicle on the public highways has been revoked may apply for reinstatement of the person's license as provided by law after the cause of the revocation is removed or after expiration of the revocation period prescribed by law.  The department may reinstate the person's driver license after the department reviews an applicant's driving record in this state or another state or other sufficient evidence to determine that:

1. All withdrawal actions are complete.

2. The applicant has not been convicted of or found responsible for any traffic violations within twelve months preceding application.

3. All other statutory requirements are satisfied.

C. The department shall not accept an application for reinstatement of a driver license until after the twelve month period prescribed in subsection B of this section has elapsed.

D. If the department reinstates a person's driver license or driving privilege for a revocation that is related to alcohol or other drugs, the department may accept an evaluation that was performed within the previous twelve months from a physician, a psychologist, a physician assistant, a registered nurse practitioner or a substance abuse counselor indicating that, in the opinion of the physician, psychologist, physician assistant, registered nurse practitioner or substance abuse counselor, the condition does not affect or impair the person's ability to safely operate a motor vehicle. For the purposes of reinstating a license or driving privilege pursuant to this article, the department may rely on the opinion of a physician, a psychologist, a physician assistant, a registered nurse practitioner or a substance abuse counselor.

E. Notwithstanding subsections A and B of this section:

1. A person whose license or privilege to drive is revoked pursuant to section 28-3304, subsection A, paragraph 1 or 11 is not entitled to have the person's license or privilege renewed or restored for three years.

2. A person whose license or privilege to drive is revoked pursuant to section 13-1209 is not entitled to have the person's license or privilege renewed or restored for the period of time ordered by the court.

3. If a license, permit or privilege to drive is revoked pursuant to section 28-661, subsection E the license, permit or privilege may not be renewed or restored except as prescribed by section 28-661, subsections E and F.

4. A person whose license, permit or privilege to drive is revoked pursuant to section 28-661, subsection G is not entitled to have the person's license, permit or privilege renewed or restored for three years.

F. If an unlicensed driver commits an offense for which a driver license could be suspended, revoked or disqualified, the department shall not accept the unlicensed driver's application for a driver license for a period equal to the period of time that applies to a driver with a license. If the offense is one for which a driver license could be revoked, the department shall not accept the unlicensed driver's application for a driver license unless it includes an evaluation from a physician, psychologist, physician assistant, registered nurse practitioner or substance abuse counselor on the habits and driving ability of the person and that the evaluator is satisfied that it is safe to grant the privilege of driving a motor vehicle on the public highways.

G. The expiration of a person's license during the period of time it is under suspension, revocation or disqualification does not invalidate or terminate the suspension, revocation or disqualification.

H. A person whose license or privilege to drive a motor vehicle on the public highways has been suspended pursuant to section 28-3306, subsection A, paragraph 5 or section 28-3314 may apply for a new license as provided by law after the cause for suspension is removed or after expiration of the suspension period prescribed by law if both of the following conditions are met:

1. The department is satisfied, after reviewing the medical condition and driving ability of the person, that it is safe to grant the person the privilege of driving a motor vehicle on the public highways.

2. If the person has a medical condition related to alcohol or other drugs, the department may accept an evaluation form from a physician, a psychologist, a physician assistant, a registered nurse practitioner or a substance abuse counselor indicating that, in the opinion of the physician, psychologist, physician assistant, registered nurse practitioner or substance abuse counselor, the condition does not affect or impair the person's ability to operate a motor vehicle in a safe manner.

I. For the purposes of this section:

1. "Physician" means a physician who is licensed pursuant to title 32, chapter 13, 17 or 29.

2. "Physician assistant" means a physician assistant who is licensed pursuant to title 32, chapter 25.

3. "Psychologist" means a psychologist who is licensed pursuant to title 32, chapter 19.1.

4. "Registered nurse practitioner" means a registered nurse practitioner who is licensed pursuant to title 32, chapter 15.

5. "Substance abuse counselor" has the same meaning prescribed in section 28-3005.