What Is The Difference Between A Driver’s License Suspension And A Revocation?

All Buffalo drivers convicted of a drug or alcohol related driving offense will find their driver’s license suspended or revoked for a period of time.

For most first time offenders, a conviction for Driving While Ability Impaired by Alcohol will result in a driver’s license suspension.

A conviction for any other drug or alcohol related driving offense – such as DWI, Driving While Ability Impaired by Drugs or Aggravated DWI – will result in a revocation.

A revocation is generally considered more serious than a suspension.

The primary difference between a driver’s license suspension and a driver’s license revocation is that a suspension is for a fixed amount of time.

Once the allotted time for the suspension ends and the driver pays a suspension termination fee to the Department of Motor Vehicles, his or her driver’s license is automatically reinstated.

Most driver’s license revocations, however, do not end automatically.

Instead of being for a fixed time period, the length of a revocation will be for a minimum time period – for example, at least six months.

To end the revocation, the driver must, at the very least, reapply for a license, submit a fee to the Department of Motor Vehicles, and provide the DMV with proof of having completed all required drug and alcohol treatment.

Even with this information, the DMV will still review the applicant’s driving history and may not end the revocation if the driver is considered too much of a risk.

The laws surrounding driver’s license suspensions and revocations are complicated.

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