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How to Avoid or Restore a Revoked License

Driving is a privilege that we tend to take for granted as one of our basic liberties. Not. The privilege can be suspended or revoked.

Suspended Revoked license NYThe difference between a suspended and revoked license:

A suspension means your license or driving privilege will be taken away for a period of time before it is returned.  You may be required to pay a suspension termination fee.   The suspension period can be definite (which has a beginning and end date) or indefinite, which does not end until you take a required action.

If you receive a definite suspension order, it will tell you how long the suspension period will last.  You cannot drive until the suspension period ends, pay a suspension termination fee, and have a valid driver license.
If you receive an indefinite suspension order, it will tell you what you must do to remove the suspension, such as answer a traffic ticket, pay a traffic ticket fine or file a motor vehicle crash report.

A revoked license means that your driving privilege is completely taken away, and you must start the license application process from the beginning when the revocation period ends.  In most cases, before you can get a new license you must first request approval from DMV  when the revocation period is over. You may be required to take the written and driving tests again and pay a license application fee. Your application may be denied if you have a high risk driving record or fail to meet DMV requirements.  You may also need to pay a driver civil penalty   before your license or driving privilege can be restored.

Common reasons for revocations

  • you operated or permitted operation of a vehicle without insurance
  • you were involved in an uninsured motor vehicle accident
  • you were convicted of an alcohol or drugged driving charge
  • you were convicted of a serious traffic offense or multiple offenses
  • you failed a DMV road test
  • you made a false statement on an application for a license or registration
  • you were a driver in a motor vehicle crash that involved a fatality.


Hiring an experienced traffic lawyer to fight for your license reinstatement and restoration will greatly increase your chances of winning your driving privileges back in the shortest amount of time.  Attorney Zev Goldstein has over 30+ years in private practice and years of experience as city of Albany prosecutor, feel free to call us at 845-371-8457 today for a free consultation to discuss your legal options.