Suspensions and Revocations

Suspensions and revocations of a driver's license can happen to almost anyone on the road today but the two are completely different from each other. A suspended license is a license that has been taken away from a motorist for an extended period of time for violating terms of probation, being a habitual offender of traffic laws, or for driving without automotive insurance. A suspended license will be reinstated once the motorist has served out his or her term of suspension. A revoked license is a license that is taken away for a longer period of time, maybe sometimes for life, and to have the license restored the motorist will need to reapply after the period of time for revocation has been completed.

Convictions

If a motorist has been convicted of a motor vehicle crime and has their license suspended in their home state of California, they will not be able to drive in California or anywhere else in the country. If another motorist has been convicted of the same motor vehicle crime in California will have their driving privileges suspended in the state of California and nowhere else in the country. Each state within the union has the power to suspend a driver's privilege to drive in that state but the state does not have the power to suspend the driver's overall driving privileges if they reside in another state. A suspension or a revocation of a driver's license can be mandatory or it can be discretionary. If a suspension or a revocation of a driver's license is mandatory it means that the motorist cannot plead their case or fight it in a court of law and that it is mandatory by law to have the license suspended or revoked. If a suspension or revocation of a driver's license is discretionary it means that the motorist can plead their case in a court of law and that the judge or another law figure can decide whether or not to suspend or revoke a license and how long the period will last.

Licenses can be suspended for one or more of the following reasons. These reasons are not uniform throughout all 50 states.

Reasons Your License Can Be Suspended

  • If you receive 12 or more points on your current driver record
  • Failure to appear in court or to pay fines
  • Failure to pay surcharges
  • Driving with a suspended license
  • Failure to provide proof of insurance
  • Physical or mental disqualification
  • Drug or alcohol use while driving
  • Reckless driving
  • Vehicle abandonment on a public highway
  • Fault in a fatal accident

Reasons Your License Can Be Revoked

  • refusing to take a blood-alcohol test
  • driving without liability insurance
  • driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs
  • speeding
  • reckless driving
  • leaving the scene of an injury accident
  • failing to pay a driving-related fine
  • failing to answer a traffic summons, or
  • failing to file an accident report.

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