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The Top Reasons People Lose Their Driver's License
January 2, 2024 at 5:00 AM
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Are you worried about losing your driver's license? You're not alone. It's a common fear, and unfortunately, many people find themselves facing suspension or revocation for various reasons. In this blog post, we'll dive into the top reasons why people lose their driver's license, and we'll also discuss ways to protect your license from being suspended or revoked. By understanding the common reasons for license suspension and revocation, you can take proactive steps to ensure that you keep your driving privileges intact.

Common Reasons for Driver's License Suspension and Revocation

There are several reasons why your driver’s license may be suspended or revoked. These include:

  1. Not having insurance. If you are not insured and get into an accident, your state's Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) will suspend your license for a minimum of a year or longer. However, after a year, you can have your driver’s license returned if you show proof of auto insurance to the DMV. In addition, you must maintain proof of insurance for the next three years to keep the suspension of your license lifted.
  2. Driving under the influence. If you are arrested for driving under the influence (DUI), your license will be confiscated, and you’ll be issued a temporary provision that allows you to drive for the next 30 days. At the end of the 30 days, a suspension or renovation will go into effect. In some states, however, you may lose your license immediately, depending on the severity of the charge.
  3. Under 21 with alcohol in your car. If you’re under the age of 21, your driver’s license may be revoked or suspended if you are caught with alcohol in your vehicle. This is unless the container is full, sealed, and unopened, and a parent or other approved person accompanies you. If you drive with a blood alcohol level (BAC) of 0.01% or higher, your license may be suspended.
  4. Points on your driving record. When you get too many points on your driver’s license, the DMV may put you on driving probation. Your license may be suspended in certain states if you have:
  • 4 points in 12 months
  • 6 points in 24 months
  • 8 points in 36 months
  1. Physical or mental condition. Some states, like California, have vehicle codes that authorize the DMV to suspend, revoke, or refuse to issue a driver’s license to anyone with a physical or mental condition that impairs their ability to drive.

Ways to Protect Your License from Suspension or Revocation

  • Follow traffic laws: One of the best ways to protect your driver's license from being suspended or revoked is to always follow traffic laws. This means obeying speed limits, using turn signals, coming to a complete stop at stop signs, and avoiding reckless driving behaviors. By being a responsible and law-abiding driver, you can greatly reduce the risk of losing your license.
  • Attend traffic school: If you receive a traffic citation, attending traffic school can often prevent points from being added to your driving record. This can help protect your license from suspension, as accumulating too many points can lead to license revocation. By completing