Suspended, Revoked: What They Mean For Your License

Published by Michael Hoban on

Likely by now, you have heard of a license suspension or revocation, hopefully not because it happened to you. Neither of those terms is “good” but one is certainly better than the other. A suspended license means you’ll have a chance to get it back, but having your license revoked could mean losing it permanently. In either scenario, a driver would need to file for Sr-22 insurance once the state reinstates their license.  

License Suspended

In order for you to lose your license to suspension, a variety of offenses must be committed. These include DUI, failure to pay child support, failure to pay taxes and more. For DUI’s and similar offenses, a driver would find their license definitely suspended. A definite suspension means their license will not be active again until the suspension ends. To end the suspension, the offender must pay all fines and fees in addition to the sentencing time expiring. On the other side of it, a person’s failure to pay taxes, child support or numerous traffic violations triggers an indefinite suspension.

License Revoked

A revoked license means a driver has lost their privileges completely. Unlike a suspension, when your license is revoked by the state there is no time period to wait out. Additionally, a license revoked by the state can not be reinstated means which means you’ll need permission from your state’s DMV to apply for a new license. If you are able to reapply, you will need to go through written and road tests, along with paying any remaining fees. If you can take care of those steps, there is a chance you can get a license again.

Take-Home Message

Whether suspended or revoked, affordable auto insurance might be hard for you to find. Your rates after a suspension or revocations inflate, and you will undoubtedly need to file for Sr-22 insurance. Filing for Sr-22 insurance shows proof that you carry the state’s minimum insurance, although it is not insurance itself.