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Is a suspension the same as a license revocation?

You were driving over the speed limit. You've had speeding tickets in the past, but you never thought speeding multiple times would end up resulting in you losing your license. Unfortunately, points from tickets add up. Over time, you could lose your license permanently if you keep getting traffic violations.

Fortunately, there is a difference between losing your license temporarily or permanently. A suspended driver's license is one that you lose for a short period of time. You can't legally drive with a suspended license until the court releases you to do so.

Two kinds of suspensions, definite and indefinite, determine how long you'll be without a license. Indefinite suspensions have no obvious end date, whereas definite suspensions end after the approved period of time passes. In both cases, you need to do what the court asks before you'll be able to obtain a new license.

A revocation is different. When your license is revoked, your license isn't able to be reinstated. That means that you have to go through the state's DMV again, retest for a new license, pass those tests, pay any fines or fees you owe and go through the entire licensing process again. Permanent revocations mean that you can't ever get a new license, even if you go through the steps to do so.

If there is a potential for you to lose your license in any way, it's a good idea to speak with your attorney. Defending your right to drive is a necessity, since it could mean the difference between working, going without a job or getting to school.

Source: The Balance, "Difference Between a Suspended and a Revoked License," Emily Delbridge, accessed Feb. 28, 2018

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