How long is my license suspended?

Once you have gotten your answer to your question, "Is my license suspended?", you can find out how long it will be suspended. Your drivers license has been suspended because of doing something you should not have been doing. Now what? Once you stop panicking, the first thing you’ll need to do is find out how long your suspension will last.

The length of your suspension is generally based on the severity of your offense, along with the number of prior infractions you have had on your driving record. For this reason, it’s important to make sure you understand why your license was suspended.

Some of the many possible reasons for a license suspension include:

  • Too many points on your driving record
  • If you are caught driving without car insurance
  • An excessive number of speeding tickets
  • Causing a fatal accident

Even within a specific category of offense, the penalty can vary widely. For example, Washington drivers found guilty of a DUI can have their license suspended anywhere from 90 days to four years, depending upon prior offenses and blood alcohol level at the time of arrest.

If you haven't already been received a letter from your local DMV office detailing the length of your suspension, you will want to get a copy of your driving record as soon as possible. This document will tell you when you lost your license and when you will be eligible for reinstatement. To get a copy of your driving record, you will need to visit the DMV office with proof of your identity, fill out short form, and pay a small fee.

Even though a suspended license means you’ve lost your driving privileges, please keep in mind that you may be able to get a permit that will allow you the right to drive to work or necessary medical appointments. Contact the DMV for details regarding your state’s permit process. Under no circumstances should you attempt to drive with a suspended license; you’ll only risk more fines and penalties if you’re caught.

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