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License revocations: Know your rights and fight back

A driver's license is revoked when a person violates a law seriously enough that the court believes that they are a danger to themselves or others when behind the wheel. Driving is a privilege, not a right, so that means that anyone can have their driving privileges taken away if they do not obey the traffic laws.

When a license is revoked, you have to wait a period of time before you'll be able to seek its reinstatement. You might be able to get a limited license, which would allow you only to go to work and home, for example, but it depends on the number of violations you've committed along with the severity of the charges and penalties you face.

Can your license be revoked for non driving offenses?

Yes. Interestingly, you can lose your license if you do not comply with child support orders, are convicted of drug-related offenses or use falsified license plates. Not maintaining insurance on your vehicle or keeping a valid license can also lead to a revocation of your driving privileges.

What should you do if your license is revoked or suspended?

It is normally a good idea to look into seeking a conditional license. This might allow you to drive only from certain times during the day, like during the morning commute, to get home in the evening or to get to school. However, not all people who apply will obtain a conditional license.

Our website has more on licensing and what to do if you face a revocation. It's always best to protect your driving privileges.

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