Differences Between a Suspended and a Revoked Driver’s License in Colorado

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Differences Between a Suspended and a Revoked Driver's License in Colorado

When someone perpetrates specific legal or traffic offenses, the Divison of Motor Vehicles is able to suspend or revoke their state driver’s license. This means their driver’s license is void, and that person is no longer legally allowed to operate a motor vehicle.

The distinction between suspending and revoking a driver’s license is that one penalty is temporary, and the other permanent. The driving privileges of someone with a suspended license are able to be restored after a predetermined amount of time, or by completing the necessary steps. A license that has been revoked is permanently voided, but under very specific circumstances it is conceivable that a driver with a revoked license could merit a new one. 

Grounds for Driver’s License Revocation and Suspension

Differences Between a Suspended and a Revoked Driver's License in Colorado

The Colorado Divison of Motor Vehicles is able to suspend someone’s driver’s license for violations including but not limited to:

  • Driving without adequate or any auto insurance.
  • Alcohol and drug-related driving infractions.
  • Outstanding or overdue administrative traffic fines.
  • Any other outstanding or overdue fines or fees.

Indefinite and Definite Driver’s License Suspensions

Driver’s license suspensions are designated for either an open-ended period or a definite period. The Notice of Suspension letter you received from the Colorado Divison of Motor Vehicles will outline this information. 

To reinstate a license that was suspended for a fixed time period, you are required to wait until the full duration of your suspension has passed, pay off any fees or fines that you owe, and fill out an application for reinstatement of your Colorado driver’s license.

If the DMV suspends a license for an indefinite time, it means the driver is expected to complete certain steps before the DMV will reinstate their driver’s license. For instance, you might have to pay off overdue court costs or get caught up on back payments of child support or income taxes before you can apply for reinstatement. 

Additional Kinds of Driver’s License Suspension

Certain states have a unique designation of suspension known as Administrative Review Suspension. This is allotted to drivers who have a medical condition that makes it dangerous for them to operate a motor vehicle. In these circumstances, the DMV will likely demand a written notice from the person’s physician before the suspension can be lifted.

Revocation of Your Driver’s License 

When the Colorado Divison of Motor Vehicles revokes someone’s driver’s license, the license is permanently gone. Typical grounds for the revocation of someone’s driver’s license include deliberately making fraudulent or misleading statements on DMV forms or paperwork of any kind, multiple charges of driving under the influence, being very elderly, or having one or more specific medical conditions. Once in a blue moon, it is feasible for a driver whose license has been revoked to be granted a new one. This is achieved by taking certain actions, like:

  •   Applying for a hearing at the Colorado DMV
  •   Paying off outstanding or overdue penalties and fines
  •   Filling out an application for a brand new driver’s license 

Is My Suspended or Revoked Driver’s License Valid in Another State?

Licensing regulations and laws vary greatly between states. If you have received a citation stating that your driver’s license has been revoked or suspended, it is important to be familiar with local laws and read the citation thoroughly for directions. 

It is also important to note that if your driving privileges have been suspended or revoked in one state, they are suspended or revoked in all states thanks to the Driver’s License Compact, which is a national consensus that aids in information concerning license revocations and suspensions being exchanged between states. 

According to the DLC, all traffic violations that take place in another state are handled as if they took place in the state where you are applying for a license. This means, if your driver’s license is suspended in one DLC-compliant state, it will probably be suspended in any other DLC-compliant state to which you are attempting to relocate.

All of your driving information can be found in the National Driver Register, which is a nationwide database listing the names of everyone who has their license suspended or revoked. While the majority of the states are members of the DLC, there are some that are not. Maine, Tennessee, Wisconsin, Michigan, and Georgia are not members of the Compact and your odds of obtaining a driver’s license from one of these five states are significantly higher.

Consequences of Revoked and Suspended Driver’s Licenses

Driving on a license that is revoked or suspended could result in felony charges. Most major insurance carriers also usually cancel the insurance policies of drivers they learn have revoked or suspended licenses. This will also identify you to other insurance companies in the future as an excluded driver, which will make it extremely complicated or even impossible for you to be legitimately insured in the future.

Having your Colorado driver’s license revoked or suspended isn’t something that most drivers need to worry about because it is a situation that can be easily avoided by being a conscientious driver and obey traffic laws.

If you or someone you love has been involved in a car accident, the attorneys at Injury Victim Law are in your corner. We have the experience and the reputation needed to help you obtain the full amount of financial compensation to which you are entitled. 

After serving our community’s legal needs for decades, our aggressive, Colorado car accident attorneys know exactly what it takes to win your case. Our attorneys pride themselves on their outstanding track records and their distinguished reputations.

If you have recently been injured due to the negligence of another driver, then we firmly encourage you to seek the legal services a dedicated Colorado personal injury attorney by giving us a call at (800) 245-2774 and scheduling an appointment for a free case evaluation so that we can advise you on the best course of legal action for your situation.


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