Revoked License Vs. Suspended: What’s The Difference?

Have you ever wondered what the difference is between a revoked driver’s license and a suspended one?  Although neither of the two is good things, they do have a small but important difference. They have similarities too, none of which are good. For one, they both mean you lose your privilege to drive, but one may permanently stop you while the other last temporarily. Another similarity is that you will likely need to file for Sr-22 insurance after getting your license back.

Suspended License

A license suspension can come in two forms, indefinite and definite. A definite suspension means your license will not be active again until the suspension ends. That includes all fines and fees being paid in addition to the sentencing time. If a driver commits offenses such as driving without minimum insurance, DUI or similar offense, they can expect a definite suspension. An indefinite suspension, on the other hand, means a driver just needs to pay some fees or taxes in order to get their license back. An indefinite suspension may come from tickets not being paid, child support not being paid or taxes. 

Revoked License

A revoked license means a driver has lost their privileges completely. Unlike a suspension, when your license is revoked, there isn’t a time period to wait out. In addition, a revoked license can not be reinstated, which means if you are able to reapply for one, you will need to go through all the steps again. In order to reapply, a person would need written approval from the state’s DMV. After approval from the DMV, a person must pay for and retake the road and written tests, along with paying any remaining fees. 

Take-Home Message

Whether suspended or revoked, you will find it difficult to get cheap auto insurance afterward. Your premiums will rise, and you may need to file for Sr-22 insurance as well. Sr-22 insurance is proof you carry the state’s minimum insurance, although it is not insurance itself.