Driving in New York is considered a privilege and one that is able to be taken away depending upon the circumstances. This can happen in the form of a license suspension or a license revocation, both of which are managed through the New York State Department of Motor Vehicles. There are many things that can result in this action, not all of which are even related to driving. For this reason, it is important to have an understanding of these situations.
The difference between a suspended license and a revoked license is that the loss of driving privileges is temporary with a suspended license, as noted on the DMV website. A revocation of a driver’s license permanently removes that person’s right to drive until a brand new license is obtained. A person can receive a suspended driver’s license for a set period of time as part of a sentence. Situations in which this commonly occurs include impaired driving offenses, receiving too many citations within a given period of time, driving while uninsured and failing to obey rules governing junior drivers.
Sometimes, a license suspension is ordered without a set end date but rather to last until the offense that led to the suspension is properly address. These situations include failure to pay child support or state taxes, lack of filing a report after being involved in a car accident and the lack of response to a traffic ticket.
This information is not intended to provide legal advice but general information about suspended drivers’ licenses in New York.