Multiple traffic violations can lead to the suspension of your NYS driver's license. The DMV will notify you if your license is suspended through an order mailed to the address on file. You must follow the information listed on the notice in order to gain back your driving privileges. It is a crime to drive a vehicle when your driver's license is suspended or revoked.
You can also check online to see if your license is suspended or revoked. Log into the MyDMV portal and visit the "My License, Permit, or ID" section to view the status of your driver's license.
Why Is My License Suspended?
There are several common reasons that your license may be suspended. The notice you receive will either list a "definite suspension order" or an "indefinite suspension order".
Definite suspension orders are usually issued because:
- you received too many traffic violations in a certain period of time
- you did not follow the learner driver rules
- you were convicted of an alcohol or drug charge while driving
- you did not have the minimum insurance required by New York State
Indefinite suspension orders are usually issued because:
- you did not respond to a traffic ticket
- you did not pay a fine
- you never filed an accident report
Why Is My License Revoked?
A license revocation means that your NYS driver's license has been canceled. In order to receive a new license, you typically must visit the DMV first for approval. In certain cases, you must take the written and driving tests again and pay a license reapplication fee. If you are deemed "high risk", you may need to wait to gain back your driving privileges.
License revocations are typically issued because:
- you drove without insurance
- you were convicted of drugged/drunk driving
- you were convicted of multiple serious traffic violations
- you were a driver in a collision that resulted in a death
Reinstatement of License
To reinstate your revoked or suspended license, you can log onto the MyDMV portal to view the status. In some circumstances, restoring your license may be as simple as paying a fine or correcting your insurance policy to match the New York State laws. In other cases, the process may be more complicated. You can request approval online or visit your local DMV to find out more information. To read more about how to restore a revoked license, visit https://dmv.ny.gov/tickets/restore-license-after-revocation. To learn more about how to pay your suspended license fee, visit https://dmv.ny.gov/pay-suspension-termination-fee.