Why Is My New York License Suspended? – Updated for 2022

Written By: Benjamin Goldman, Esq.

Getting a notice in the mail from the New York State Department of Motor Vehicles telling you that your driving privileges have been revoked can be a very unwelcome surprise, especially if you didn’t know that was even a possibility. A suspended license can lead to frustration, confusion and migraines. When a motorist’s license is suspended, The New York State DMV sends out a suspension notice through the mail. The letter explains the reasoning behind your suspension, however, it does not elaborate much. If you are interested in learning why a New York State License can be suspended, read on. We’ve compiled a short list containing the most common reasons why your license would be suspended in New York State.

6 Reasons Why Your New York State License Was Suspended

1. You were suspended because didn’t have current auto insurance.

Buying auto insurance is the law. If you don’t purchase an auto insurance plan or if you let your insurance lapse because you don’t pay the insurance premium, your license can be suspended until you can prove that you are insured.

2. You were suspended because you didn’t handle your traffic tickets.

Accumulating many tickets in a short amount of time or failing to answer tickets can lead to a suspension. You can avoid this by paying the fines when due. Alternatively, you can retain a traffic ticket attorney to fight your tickets for you. The Benjamin Goldman Law Office can do this for you. Consider getting in touch with our firm for more information on how we can handle your tickets.

3. You were suspended because you owe money.

Whether you are behind on your child support obligations or haven’t paid the state of NY taxes you owe, your license can be suspended until you take care of (or make satisfactory arrangements to handle) those debts.

4. You were suspended for driving under the influence.

If you are caught driving after having too much to drink (blood alcohol content of between .05 and .07), or are pulled over when under the influence of a drug, a license suspension is just one of the many consequences you may face. Similarly, if you are under age 21 and are found to be driving in violation of New York state’s “Zero Tolerance” law (having a blood alcohol content of between .01 and .07), your license will without a doubt be suspended, on top of a possible arrest. The more serious violations will result in license revocation.

5. You were suspended for driving under 18 and didn’t follow the rules.

New York has a “graduated license” law for drivers under 18. If you don’t follow the restrictions under that program, your junior driver’s license can be suspended or revoked entirely. Underage drivers should pay extra mind to their driving habits and behaviors.

6. You were suspended for not reporting a car accident you were involved in.

New York’s Vehicle and Traffic laws specify that every driver involved in an accident in NY when there is property damage of $1,001 or more, or any accident in which a person is injured or killed, must file a “Report of Motor Vehicle Accident” with the DMV within ten days from the accident. Failing to file a report when required can result in the DMV suspending your driving privileges completely.

What Can I Do About My License Suspension?

If your New York State license has been suspended, consider contacting the Benjamin Goldman Law Office. We are an experienced New York State traffic law firm that assists motorists with their license suspensions. You need a knowledgeable advocate in your corner. An attorney who knows the ins and outs of the DMV’s suspension system will be able to help you through the steps you need to take, ultimately helping you to get back behind the wheel as quickly as possible. Click the button below to get in touch with our firm. We look forward to working with you.