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What Does it Mean to have a Driver’s License Revoked?

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Did You Get Your Driver’s License Revoked?

Here is what it means.

A revocation is a withdrawal or complete termination of your driving privilege. The revocation is indefinite. There is no guarantee that you will get your license back.

If your driver’s license would have been suspended, it is usually a temporary action for a specific period of time. When your suspension period is over, your license may be reinstated as long as you meet the conditions for a reinstatement.

This is not the case with a revocation.

How Can You Get a Revoked Driver’s License Back?

While a license suspension is temporary, a revoked license is a permanent termination. There is, however, usually a revocation period, similar to a suspension period. When this revocation period has passed, you may apply for a new driver’s license.

Applying for a new driver’s license is more complicated than just having your old license reinstated.

You must visit your local DMV office, present all necessary documents, and pass all the tests again. This includes both the written knowledge test and the road test.

When is a Driver’s License Revoked and Not Suspended?

The rules differ between states. The general idea is that more serious offenses should call for a revocation and less serious violations result in a suspension. Drag racing, speed contests and/or several convictions of reckless driving can result in a revocation. Habitual offenders are also likely to face a revocation. When vehicular manslaughter is charged as a felony and you are convicted, you will probably also have your driver’s license revoked.

Sometimes, the consequences of different violations are listed in your driver’s manual, including any suspension and/or revocation periods.

As an example, Kansas may require a revocation for the following (2016):

  • Vehicular homicide resulting from the operation of motor vehicle.
  • Failure to stop and render aid as required under the laws of this state in the event of a motor vehicle accident resulting in the death or personal injury of another.
  • Reckless driving.
  • Any felony in the commission of which a motor vehicle is used.
  • Attempting to elude a police officer.
  • Aggravated vehicular homicide.
  • Vehicular battery.
  • A fifth test result of .08 or greater or refusal to submit to chemical testing to determine the alcohol/drug content of blood will result in a permanent license revocation.

For a list of possible reasons for license revocations in West Virginia, read this: 5 Ways to Lose Your Driving Privilege.

What Should You Know for Your DMV Test?

You don’t need to memorize all such details for your permit or driver’s license exam. Exact penalties or consequences for different violations are rarely seen on your written knowledge test. It is, however, a good idea to understand the difference between a revocation and a suspension. You should also have a fair understanding of what is a serious traffic violation and what is a minor offense. If your driver’s manual contains a list of demerit points added to your driving record when you are convicted of an offense, this list usually gives you a good hint.

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