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What does it mean for my license to be revoked or suspended?

When you are facing drunk driving charges, you face having your driver's license suspended or revoked. In both cases, you will be unable to drive legally. It is vital that you understand some finer points about having your driver's license taken away so that you can work toward getting it back when your revocation or suspension period is completed.

What is the difference between a suspension and a revocation?

A suspension means that your license is taken away for a specified amount of time. When that time is completed, your license can be reinstated, but you might have to pay a suspension termination fee. A revocation means that your license is void and no longer exists. Once your revocation period is completed, you can reapply for a driver's license, but you will have to meet all conditions of the New York Department of Motor Vehicles.

Are all driver's license suspensions and revocations DUI related?

There are several reasons why a driver's license might be revoked or suspended. If you accumulate too many points on your driver's license, it can be suspended or revoked. Failing to pay traffic tickets, driving without insurance, being involved in a fatal crash, failing to pay child support, failing to satisfy a court judgment and failing to file an accident report are some of the other factors that can result in a suspended license.

In DUI-related suspensions and revocations, you will be required to meet certain requirements before your license can be issued to you again. Making sure that you understand these requirements can help you when it is time to get your license. In some cases, you might be able to get a conditional license until you're eligible for full driving privilege reinstatement.

Source: NYSDMV, "Suppose Your License Was Taken Away," accessed Oct. 29, 2015

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