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Revoked licenses: When your license can be revoked

Traffic offenses can result in you losing your driver's license. There are certain offenses that lead to suspension or revocation, and repeat violations can lead to suspensions and revocations as well.

Driving is a privilege, not a right. That means that you are not entitled to keep your license if you cannot drive safely. After a revocation, you'll have to wait a period of time before you can apply for a new license. The state may decide to deny your application in the future for any reason, but primarily if you fail the tests you need to take to get your license back.

Every state in America allows a person's license to be revoked in certain circumstances. For example, if you get too many traffic points for violations or are convicted of multiple DUIs, you may lose your license. Other things that could result in losing your license include drag racing, failing to appear in court for a traffic summons, reckless driving and leaving the scene of an accident with an injury.

Interestingly, there are some offenses not related to driving that can result in the loss of your license. Those include the use of drugs or alcohol by minors, using fictitious license plates and failing to comply with child support orders. Revoking your license for these crimes is a punishment that acts like an incentive for you to avoid those criminal acts.

If you're facing a suspension or revocation of your license, know that you can challenge the charges or allegations you face. It's important to fight to keep your license, so you can maintain your daily lifestyle.

Source: FindLaw, "How Does a Driver's License Get Revoked?," accessed June 07, 2018

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