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Suspensions and revocations

Conviction of a serious traffic violation or multiple traffic violations can result in the suspension or
revocation of your driver license or privilege to drive in New York State.  It is illegal to drive a
motor vehicle when your driver license or driving privilege is suspended or revoked.

If your license or driving privilege is suspended or revoked, DMV will send a notice (called an “order”)
to the address we have on file.  Be sure to follow the instructions on the order.
To check if your license is suspended or revoked, contact our law firm.


What does it mean if my driver license or driving privilege is suspended?
A suspension means your license or driving privilege will be taken away for a period of time
before it is returned.  You may be required to pay a suspension termination fee.  The suspension
period can be definite (which has a beginning and end date) or indefinite, which does not end
until you take a required action.

If you receive a definite suspension order, it will tell you how long the suspension period will last.
You cannot drive until the suspension period ends, pay a suspension termination fee, and have
a valid driver license. Contact out law firm to see if your license is valid.


Common reasons for definite suspensions are:
•you did not have automobile liability insurance
•you were convicted of an alcohol or drugged driving charge
•you received too many traffic tickets in a certain amount of time
•you did not follow the rules for junior drivers

If you receive an indefinite suspension order, it will tell you what you must do to remove the
suspension, such as answer a traffic ticket, pay a traffic ticket fine or file a
motor vehicle crash report.


Common reasons for indefinite suspensions are:
•you did not answer a traffic ticket
•you did not pay for a traffic ticket fine
•you did not file a motor vehicle accident report
•you failed to pay child support
•you have unpaid NYS tax debts
•you did not have automobile liability insurance

Note:  Your license or driving privilege may be suspended due to a medical condition that affects
your ability to drive safely (Administrative Review Suspensions).


What does it mean if my driver license or driving privilege is revoked?
If you receive an order from DMV saying your license or driving privilege is revoked, this means
your license has been cancelled and you must get a new one when the revocation period ends.
In most cases, before you can get a new license you must first request approval from DMV when
the revocation period is over. You may be required to take the written and driving tests again
and pay a license re­application fee. Your application may be denied if you have a high risk
driving record or fail to meet DMV requirements.  You may also need to pay a driver civil
penalty before your license or driving privilege can be restored.

These are common reasons for revocations
•you operated or permitted operation of a vehicle without insurance
•you were involved in an uninsured motor vehicle accident
•you were convicted of an alcohol or drugged driving charge
•you were convicted of a serious traffic offense or multiple offenses
•you failed a DMV road test
•you made a false statement on an application for a license or registration
•you were a driver in a motor vehicle crash that involved a fatality