Suspended vs. Revoked Driver’s License

Most people can avoid having their driver’s license suspended or revoked by driving safely and obeying all local laws. However, if an individual commits certain traffic or legal offenses, the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) can suspend or revoke their driver’s license. This means that the license is no longer valid, and it is illegal for that person to drive a vehicle.

What is the difference between a license suspension and a license revocation?

Although driver’s license suspensions and revocations are often referred to together, there is a key difference: suspensions are temporary, and revocations are not. Suspended driver’s licenses can be regained after waiting a set amount of time or by taking several required steps. Revoked licenses are gone forever, although in some cases it may be possible for an individual to apply for and earn a new one.

How can you get your driver’s license back?

If your driver’s license is suspended, you’ll receive a notice stating if it is a definite or indefinite suspension. Definite suspensions have a defined end date. After that date has passed, you can pay any fines and apply to regain access to your driver’s license. Indefinite suspensions require the driver to perform specific actions to receive their license back. These requirements frequently entail paying traffic tickets, child support, or back taxes. Some areas may have a policy of suspending licenses in case of potentially hazardous medical conditions. In these cases, a doctor’s note may be required.

Revoked driver’s licenses are much more difficult to get back. You may be able to request a hearing at your state’s DMV, pay off all overdue fees and penalties, or reapply for a completely new driver’s license.

Why are driver’s licenses suspended and revoked?

Driver’s licenses can be suspended if an individual is found driving without valid auto insurance, has neglected to pay traffic or other tickets and fines, or commits a drug- or alcohol-related offense such as driving under the influence or driving while intoxicated. License revocation happens after repeat or egregious offenses, reporting false information on official forms, or being of advanced age or having a serious medical condition. Laws vary between states, so it’s always best to check local laws so you have up-to-date information for your region.

What happens if you drive with a suspended or revoked license?

Driving with a suspended or revoked license is a serious offense that can often result in felony charges that stay on your record forever and/or jail time. Additionally, auto insurance companies can cancel your insurance policies and ban you from receiving their services, a status referred to as being an “excluded driver.” This can make it difficult or impossible to find car insurance in the future.

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