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There are a number of reasons you may currently be suspended or revoked or may be facing a potential suspension or revocation in New York.

The most common situation is suspension for accumulation of points. If your driving record has too many New York moving violations and accumulates 11 or more points within 18 months, you may face a suspension for a period of time determined either by an Administrative Law Judge or the DMV.

Other reasons include:

Indefinite suspensions. These suspensions remain in effect until you correct the condition that led to the suspension.

Failure to answer a traffic summons on time

  • Failure to pay a fine (other than parking tickets and fines), surcharge, crime victim assistance fee or a suspension-termination fee.
  • Failure to file an accident report, pay support, or satisfy a court judgment that results from a traffic accident
  • Submission of a bad check for DMV fees

Mandatory suspension. Suspension is mandatory in the following situations:

  • Driving While Ability Impaired by a drug (DWAI-Drug) 6 month suspension
  • Driving While Ability Impaired by alcohol (DWAI-Alcohol) 90 day suspension

Mandatory revocation. Revocation is mandatory in the following situations:

  • DWAI committed within 5 years of any previous DWAI 6 month revocation
  • Driving While Impaired (DWI) 6 month revocation
  • 3 speeding violations committed within 18 months 6 month revocation
  • Leaving the scene of a fatal or personal injury accident 6 month revocation
  • Refusal to submit to a chemical test 6 month revocation
  • Conviction for uninsured operation or permitting uninsured operation 1 year revocation

As for new (probationary) drivers, there are special suspension and revocation issues to be familiar with beyond those mentioned above.

Also note there may be some situations where a driver is suspended or revoked and is issued a conditional use license.  Your conditional license will be revoked (and the original suspension or revocation put back in place) if you are convicted of violating any conditions listed in “Where and When You May Drive” (as per the conditional license issued by DMV) or of any moving violation, including those concerning cell phones, seat belts, or child safety seats or systems.