I received a notice for a suspended license today. It is due to an unpaid ticket escalation. I received a ticket for not having my license renewed quick enough (outstanding emissions test). I took care of the emissions test and the license renewal immediately, but I promptly lost my ticket and forgot about it completely. Life gets in the way I guess. Obviously this was a very stupid thing to do. I do not believe I received a letter preparing me for the suspension. However, I do know that a drivers license is a privilege and I should have been more organized (on both cases). I will go to the MTO to pay the fine and the reinstatement fee tomorrow. I do have a few questions.
1) How long does it take to get reinstated? Does it get reinstated the moment I pay and then I simply receive my license in the mail later?
2) Insurance premium effect. I have no other transgression on my record, no moving vehicle infractions. Approximately what percentage increase will I see? Are specific companies more lenient on suspensions for late payments. Alternatively, is there a way to remove this from my driving record that my insurer would see?P Perhaps pleading guilty, or somehow reducing it, or paying a different type of fine?
3) Job implications. I currently insure my own car, but within the year I may move into a role than provides a vehicle and requires driving. The company would normally pay this insurance. Is there a way to mitigate the potential problems caused? My company uses a 3rd party to organize their vehicles so it may be a non-issue but I would still like to hear an advice or opinions?
I appreciate all help. It is frustrating to have this problem as it is a crime of absent-mindedness rather than maliciousness.
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