Types of NY Driver License Suspensions
The NY DMV defines a suspension as a period of time during which you cannot legally drive. There are various types of license suspensions, including:
▪ Indefinite suspensions.
▪ Definite suspensions.
▪ Traffic accident suspensions.
▪ Out-of-state ticket suspensions.
Indefinite License Suspensions
Cases where the NY DMV may enforce an indefinite suspension on your driver’s license include when you fail to:
▪ Respond to a court summons.
▪ Pay a fine.
▪ File an accident report.
There is no predetermined end date for your suspension. You must take action to have your New York driver’s license reinstated (see “Reinstate Your Driver’s Suspended License ” below).
Definite License Suspensions
When the DMV issues you a definite suspension, there will be a clear end date. You will be required to wait out the entire Suspended License period. Some examples of definite suspensions include:
▪ Persistent traffic violator (accumulating 11 points within 18 months): 60-day suspension.
▪ Moving violation during the probationary period: 60-day suspension.
▪ Driving while ability impaired (DWAI) by drugs: 6-month Suspended License.
Once the suspension period has passed, you must pay your restoration/termination fees to have your driver’s license reinstated. See “Reinstate Your Driver’s Suspended License ” below.
NOTE: Other requirements may apply depending on the type of violation. Please refer to the correspondence you received from the NY DMV or civil/criminal court for more information.
Traffic Accident License Suspensions
If you are involved in a car accident resulting in property damage greater than $1,001, you must file a Report of Motor Vehicle Accident (Form MV-104) with the New York DMV within 10 days after the accident.
If you fail to file the report with the DMV, your NY driver’s license may be suspended. You’ll need to respond to your ticket, pay the fee, or pay the mandatory surcharges to remove the suspension.
Out-of-State Ticket Suspensions
New York Drivers: The New York DMV will suspend your NY driver’s license if you fail to respond to an out-of-state moving violation unless the violation was in:
Your license will be suspended until you resolve the violation.
Out-of-State Drivers: If you live outside of New York (except in the above states) but fail to respond to your NYS traffic ticket, your driver’s license will be suspended until you resolve it.
Even if you do not have a NYS driver’s license, the NY DMV will maintain a record of your suspension. To find out the status of your NY driver’s license, you must order your driving record by mail.
Applying for a Conditional License
All DWI offenses can leave you with a suspended license―but some drivers are eligible for temporary driving permits, called conditional licenses.
Typically, you can get a conditional license if:
▪ This is your first DWI or DWAI conviction.
▪ You enroll in the Drinking Driver Program.
While the DMV determines whether you’re eligible for a conditional license, your judge can stop you from applying for one.
For more information on Conditional License and how to obtain one click here.
Reinstate Your NY Driver’s Suspended License
If you’re eligible for reinstatement (i.e. the DMV and court haven’t decided to revoke your driving privileges permanently), you must:
▪ Pay all applicable fines.
▪ Complete any jail time.
▪ Successfully complete the Drinking Driver Program, if ordered, as well as any ordered alcohol or drug treatment programs.
▪ Keep your ignition interlock device for the ordered amount of time, if applicable.
▪ Finish your suspension or revocation period.
▪ Pay the suspension termination fee if ordered.
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