Reasons for Suspension or Revocation

The law requires the Registrar to suspend or revoke a permit /license or right to operate automatically in several instances. Examples of such instances include, but are not limited to:

1.  Three Speeding Violations (within a one-year period)

2.  Habitual Traffic Offender (within a five-year period)

3.  Seven Surchargeables (within a three-year period)

4.  Five Surchargeables (within a three-year period with a conviction/finding date prior to 9/30/2010)

5.  Three Surchargeables (within a two-year period)

6.  Junior Operator License Speeding


In addition to automatic suspension, the Registrar has the discretionary right to suspend or revoke a permit/license or right to operate in the following cases:

1.  Immediate threat – If the Registrar determines that allowing a customer to continue driving poses an immediate threat to public safety, she can suspend or revoke the permit/license or right to operate immediately. In some instances, a customer may be considered an immediate threat due to medical reasons.

2.  Improper operation – If it is determined at a hearing that a customer has operated a motor vehicle improperly, the Registrar can suspend or revoke his/her permit/license or right to operate.

3.  Fake identification – Even without a court conviction, the Registrar can suspend a permit/license or right to operate for six months (or one year after a conviction) for the following offenses:

a.  Transferring, altering, or defacing a permit/license/ID card

b.  Making, using, carrying, selling, or distributing a false permit/license/ID card

c.  Using somebody else’s permit/license/ID card

d.  Furnishing false information to obtain a permit/license/ID card


For commercial drivers, the commercial driver’s license Manual includes a section on both OUI offenses and other events that may cause the suspension or revocation of a commercial driver’s license.