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What are the different types of drivers' license suspensions?

Many people know that being convicted of a drunk driving offense in New York can lead to a driver's license suspension or revocation. In New York, there are four types of suspensions that a driver might receive. Each type has specific points that anyone who drives in the state should know.

What is an out-of-state ticket suspension?

If you have a ticket from another state, not including Wisconsin, Oregon, Montana, Michigan, California or Alaska, your New York license can be suspended if you don't pay it or respond to it.

What is a definite license suspension?

A definite license suspension is one that has a preset time limit. For example, if you are convicted of driving while ability impaired by drugs, you face a 6-month suspension. When your license is suspended in this manner, you have to pay to have your driving privileges reinstated when the suspension is over. Until you do that and meet any other requirements, your license remains suspended.

What is an indefinite suspension?

An indefinite suspension doesn't have a preset suspension term set. This can occur if you don't pay a fine, don't respond to a summons for court or don't file an accident report.

What is a traffic accident suspension?

A traffic accident license suspension is one that occurs if you don't file a Form MV-104 after an accident that results in property damage that equals more than $1,001. You will have to meet certain requirements to get your license reinstated in this case.

Those who have had their drivers' license suspended should understand their rights to appeal and how to get their license reinstated. This can help you to determine how to react after you are notified of a suspension.

Source: DMV.org, "Suspended License in New York," accessed April. 16, 2015

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