What does it mean if my driving license is suspended or revoked?

The DMV can suspend your driver’s license if you have been convicted of a serious traffic violation or multiple traffic violations. Continued infractions can even lead to a revocation of your license.

There are two types of suspensions. The first is a definite suspension, where there is a start and end date. Examples of these are lacking automobile liability insurance, receiving too many traffic tickets in a span of time, or being convicted of an alcohol or drug driving charge. The second type is an indefinite suspension, where the license is suspended until you complete a required action. Examples of indefinite suspensions are failing to pay child support, failing to file an accident report, not answering a traffic ticket, or failing to pay a traffic ticket fine.

If the DMV sends an order saying your license or driving privilege is revoked, your license has been cancelled, and you will have to apply for a new license after the revocation period ends. You will have to first request approval from the DMV after the revocation period ends, and you might also have to retake the written and driving tests in addition to paying a license reapplication fee. If you have a high risk driving record, your application may be denied.