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Why Are License Suspended and What is An Administrative License Suspension

There can be various reasons as to why your license was suspended, dealing with factors pertaining to unpaid fines, citations, tickets, taxes, civil issues,  medical concerns, and criminal proceedings.

Administrative License Suspension

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Administrative License Suspension

An administrative License Suspension is when an individual does not follow a rule set forth by the RMV to prevent and reduce improper operation of a motor vehicle. For example, many states/RMV’s require that you submit to a breathalyzer/blood draw when arrested for a crime such as driving/operating under the influence of alcohol or drugs (OUI or DUI.) If the individual refuses to take the test or fails the test, their license will be suspended. These suspensions are usually immediate and take effect before the criminal proceedings have begun or the individual is found guilty of the crime. The idea of the administrative suspension is to impose immediate consequences for individuals who caused public risk while operating a motor vehicle in hopes of making these individuals seek immediate and long-term help before they resume operation. Although the administrative License suspension is controversial due to it happening prior to criminal proceedings, it does an exceptional job at deterring offenders them from getting behind the wheel under the influence again.

Administrative license suspensions can also be imposed by other crimes such as reckless operation, leaving the scene of personal injury, speeding as a juvenile, or using a vehicle in a dangerous manor. Administrative license suspensions are often complicated and if you find yourself in this predicament, it would be advisable to seek an attorney.

Unpaid Fines, Citations, Tickets or Taxes

If you fail to pay parking tickets, excise taxes, RMV fees and alike fees, your license may be suspended, revoked or unable to renew. To reinstate your license, simply pay the fines, fees, and/or taxes to correct the underlining issues and then request your license to be reinstated. Depending on the circumstances, you may have to bring in the paperwork showing that you are in good standing, or it will self-correct within the RMV/DMV database.

Habitual Traffic Offender

Depending on the state, an operator who receives multiple uniform citations (tickets) within a certain period of time will be subject to their license being suspended. Someone who is classified as a habitual traffic offender may have to pay additional fines or attend road safety and road rage classes to successfully reinstate their license.

Medical - Threat to Public Safety

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Medical - Threat to Public Safety

Certain medical issues may cause an individual to lose their legal right to operate a motor vehicle. Those who have medical conditions such as epilepsy, Alzheimer’s, dementia, physical disorders, and many other mental health conditions may not be safe to operate a vehicle. A Police officer, family member or doctor can request the RMV/DMV to suspend someone’s license. If the RMV determines that your operation of a motor vehicle poses an immediate threat to public safety, the RMV can revoke your learner’s permit, driver’s license, vehicle registration, or right to operate immediately for and for an indefinite period.

If you find your license was revoked due to an immediate threat, you may be eligible to reinstate your license, pending a doctors approval or some other modification. Your first step would be to speak with a RMV/DMV representative, and need be an attorney.

Civil issues

Civil issues may present itself in failed child support payments or inaccurate/false information provided to the RMV/DMV. Failing to pay child support payments will require the individual to become up to date with their payments in order to reinstate their license. If you had wrong documentation or information provided to the RMV/DMV you may have to bring in the correct forms to reinstate your license. If you had purposefully put fake or incorrect information with the RMV/DMV, you may be facing a legal battle that would require the services of an attorney.

How do I check if my license is suspended or revoked?

There are multiple ways to check if your license has been suspended or revoked. Normally, if your license has been suspended or revoked you would be notified through writing, an email, during your court proceeding, or a constable showing up at your door. However, if you were involved in a recent incident or just want to check your status, you use the following list to better understand your options and the pros and cons associated with each.

Contact The Registry/department of Motor Vehicles (RMV or DMV) directly.

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Of course you can head to the registry of motor vehicles, wait in line, and obtain your license status there. Although this option will give you the necessary information, you may find yourself waiting hours for an answer. You can also call the RMV directly, however you will probably end up on hold for a significant period.

Unfortunately if your license has been suspended or revoked, this option will be the best and most accurate way to find out why your license was suspended and instructions on how to resolve the underlining issue.

State or RMV/DMV official Online Website

There is no need to pay for one of those fancy paid searches, the quickest and most accurate way to check the status of your license is to go to your states government website and check your status right online. It’s relatively quick, free and offers the option of you being in you Pajamas. If your license has been suspended or revoked, the reason may be listed with recommendations as how to resolve the issue. However, if you still do not know why your license was suspended, you may need to head down to the RMV/DMV for applicable details.

Paid Private Companies (online)

If you are running into an issue where you are looking for a friend, relative, or potential employees status and do not have the license # or other applicable information, you could resort to one of the many paid online companies. You may only need their first, last, and date of birth to run these checks. I will not speak of their accuracy, legality or offer a recommendation as to which one to use. Some states have protected information while others are fairly liberal in sharing this information.

Contact Your Local Police Department

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Contact Your Local Police Department

Although most police departments will not give you this information over the phone, they will be able to assist you in person. If you are unsure of your license status, have someone drive you to the police department with your Drivers license, and they would be able to direct you further. One thing to keep in mind is that if your license is suspended or revoked, the officer may not have the information to tell you why. If this is the case, you will have to call the RMV or make an appointment in order to understand how to sort out the issue.

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By Branden

Branden is a Police Lieutenant who has investigated numerous crimes. He has written and executed multiple search warrants, conducted various protective sweeps, pat frisks and exit orders. He has been involved in numerous police vehicle chases, fights, disturbances, foot pursuits, suspect/hostage negotiations and felony stops. He is trained with an assortment of weapons. He has spoken with countless victims, witnesses and suspects and is using his experience to better protect our communities and loved ones by sharing his knowledge through his writings.

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