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What is a conditional license after a revocation or suspension?

When you are convicted of an impaired driving offense, you might have to go through the Impaired Driver Program. This program is geared toward preventing future instances of drunk or impaired driving by a person who has been previously convicted.

Why would I participate in this program?

The IDP can help you to get a conditional driver's license that can allow you to drive while your full drivers' license is suspended or revoked. If you are eligible for this program and a conditional license, you will get a notice called an Order of Suspension or Revocation that has information about where you can enroll in the program and apply for the conditional license. If you are on probation, you need written permission from your probation officer or the court in order to apply for a license.

When would my license suspension or revocation become effective?

A driver's license revocation or suspension becomes effective on the date of your hearing or sentencing. In some cases, you might be able to get a continuation that would give you 20 days after that date before the suspension or revocation becomes effective. Once the suspension or revocation goes into effect, it becomes a criminal offense for you to drive a vehicle.

If you are facing any charges that might necessitate your taking the IDP, you should work to understand your options for getting a conditional license or for avoiding a suspension or revocation. You should also find out about the options you have for your defense so that you can prepare for your time in court.

Source: New York State Department of Motor Vehicles, "The Impaired Driver Program - Alcohol & Drug Rehabilitation Program," accessed Feb. 05, 2016

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