Following an arrest, you may request either an informal or a formal hearing with the state DHSMV, also known as the DMV. An informal hearing is held by one of the officers from the department, who will review all materials presented by the law enforcement and defendant. There is no need to bring witnesses to this hearing and no need for the officer to even show up. The department is required to send their decision regarding the hearing within 21 days of the temporary license being expired.

On the other hand, the formal hearing will be a much more rigorous process. While still held with a department official, it will also include the presentation of witnesses, testimony and any relevant evidence that may aid in the department in coming to a successful conclusion. During a formal hearing, it is required that the defendant who requested the hearing to show up in person, otherwise, their right to a hearing is waved and they will suffered from an automatic suspension regardless.