Suspended NY Driver’s License

A New York State driver’s license can get suspended for a number of reasons. It is crucial to know what a license suspension is and the most common ways in which your New York driver’s license can be suspended.

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Discovering that you have a suspended or revoked license in NY can be devastating. Imagine losing your ability to drive, even for just a few weeks. You would need to rely on others to get you everywhere you needed to go. Aside from making your life inconvenient, you could lose your job. A suspension can also prevent you from getting a job in the first place.

Remember, it is quite common for people to think that once their license is suspended they are at a “dead end” and cannot do anything about it. However, in most cases that is simply untrue!

A skilled suspended license attorney can help you avoid a license suspension altogether as well as get your driving privileges restored if they already were suspended.

What Does it Mean if Your NY License is Suspended?

A license suspension is, by definition, temporary and your license will be available to be reinstated after a specified time period. That period could be a fixed amount of time (known as a definite suspension) or based on certain conditions (an indefinite suspension).

If you’ve received a suspension of any kind, the DMV will send a notice by mail to the address on the license (that’s one reason it’s important to notify DMV if your address changes). The notice will include the reason for the suspension. For a definite suspension, the notice will state the start and end date of the suspension. For an indefinite suspension, the DMV will note what needs to be done to reinstate the license.

You can also find out about a license suspension by going to Register or login using existing credentials, then click “Restore My Driving Privileges” from the main menu.

What Causes a Suspended License?

The following are just a few of the most common reasons why your driver’s license could be suspended.

  • Driving Without Insurance (VTL 319)
    • Under VTL 319, all cars in New York must be properly insured. A conviction for driving without insurance is extremely serious. You can lose your license for up to 1 year, incur a fine of up to $1,500, and go to jail for up to 15 days.
  • DUI/DWI: Driving Under the Influence & Driving While Intoxicated (VTL 1192-1193)
    • If you are found guilty of DUI/DWI in New York, your driving privileges will be suspended. Depending on what level your blood alcohol content (BAC) was and whether you are a first-time or repeat offender will determine how long the license suspension will last.
    • If your BAC level is above 0.18%, you will likely be charged with Aggravated Driving While Intoxicated. If convicted, your license will be suspended for 1 year.
    • If your blood alcohol content (BAC) is over 0.08% but under 0.18%, you can be charged with Driving While Intoxicated (DWI). If convicted, your license will be suspended for 6 months.
  • DWAI: Driving While Ability Impaired (VTL 1192)
    • If you are convicted of Driving While Ability Impaired (DWAI), your license will be suspended for 90 days. DWAI is usually issued to motorists who are high while driving and/or the testing indicates that they are impaired below the limit of .08. A second DWAI conviction within 5 years of your first could cause your license to be suspended for 6 months.
  • Having 11 or More Points on Your Driving Record
    • In New York, if you receive 11 or more points within 18 months, your license will be suspended.
    • Remember, moving violations have set point values, and the more moving violations you commit, the closer you will be to a suspension on your driving record.
    • Think about it: Getting convicted for talking on a cell phone (a 5 point ticket) while driving 21 MPH over (a 6 point ticket) will cause your license to be suspended. How many New Yorkers do this on the Thruway daily?
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The following traffic violations, depending on the severity of your circumstances, can also give rise to a suspended license in New York:

Lastly, the following non-moving violations and non-driving related offenses can also cause your driver’s license to be suspended:

What is the Difference Between a Revoked and Suspended License?

The difference between revoked license and a suspended license is that a revocation means your license has been cancelled. Like a suspension, there is a revocation period – usually a year or more — where you will be unable to drive. Unlike with a suspension, however, when the revocation period ends you will have to re-apply for a new license. In most cases, you’ll have to request permission from the DMV before you apply and the DMV may require you to take the written and/or driving test again (and pay all the associated fees). There is also a chance your request will be denied.

Your license could be revoked if you:

How to Get Your License Reinstated

In some cases, a suspended license can be reinstated simply by paying a fee or fine. However, in many cases you will need an attorney to help negotiate the conditions for reinstatement, reduce the fees, or even fight the underlying reason for the suspension. Reinstating a revoked license is typically more complicated and will almost certainly require the aid of an attorney.

Go to our page on How to Reinstate a Suspended License in NYreinstating a suspended license for more information.

Who Should You Call?

If you or a loved one has had your license suspended or revoked, don’t panic! With the help of a skilled attorney you may be able to remove or mitigate the consequences. Call the Rosenblum Law Firm at 888-203-2619 to schedule a free consultation with one of our attorneys to find out how we can help you.

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  • Jessica Cicero
    June 3, 2015

    I have a NJ driver’s license and recently received 2 tickets in NY totaling 11 points. I have to appear at the TVB. What is the likelihood my license will be suspended and for how long? Will hiring an attorney reduce the chances? Will my driving privileges in be suspended only in NY? I work in NY and drive to and from work everyday so this would have a significant impact.


    • Adam Rosenblum
      June 4, 2015

      Jessica – Please be advised of the following: a) The TVB is a very difficult court system to navigate, b) There is no plea bargaining here, c) A license suspension in NY can cause your license to become suspended in NJ – the term of suspension is often at the discretion of the Judge, d) Hiring an experienced attorney will greatly increase your chances of success.

  • Dawn Queally
    May 5, 2015

    My license is revoked and I have many default (old convictions) I need to pay and clear up. I need my license for work and must reapply but clear all the fines before I can do this. Is it possible to reduce these fines, the civil penalties…anything at all. These are there so long for no other reason other than I could not afford it at the time. I wish to clear this now, but I need to somehow reduce these charges/fines. Is there any hope at all to reduce? There are approximately 8-10 old tickets dating back to 2000-2001. Thank you.

    • Adam Rosenblum
      May 10, 2015

      I suggest you contact us to discuss your situation. We need some more specific details to be able to advise you.

  • Jharold Eason
    April 29, 2015

    Hey I recently received a tv ticket for going 43 mph over the speed limit. How much of a fine am I facing and can I take a defensive driving course to prevent a suspension?

    • Adam Rosenblum
      April 29, 2015

      Please contact us to discuss – as we need to know which court is handling this ticket. Generally speaking – your fine & assessment charges will be in excess of $1,300.00. A defensive driving course is an option we would like to discuss in further detail with you.

  • Paolo Nucum
    April 13, 2015

    I got a ticket in NY (nassau county, if I remember correctly) years ago and I no longer live in NY. I live in Vegas. Found out my license there was suspended, therefore the license I have now (from CA) was withdrawn and isn’t valid.

    • Adam Rosenblum
      April 15, 2015

      You need to clear up the underlying reason for the suspension to have your license reinstated.

  • Casey
    December 22, 2014

    I got 3 tickets in 2013. following too close,mobile phone,and unregistered car. total of $285. I failed to go to court in 2014. as a result my licenses is suspended due to default conviction, and now the fine is up to $970. how can I fix this without having to pay all that money. That’s more than 3 time the original fine. Thanks in advance for your assistance

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