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Driver’s License: Suspension vs. Revocation

On Behalf of | Jun 9, 2020 | Dui |

Being detained by the police while driving under the influence of any intoxicating substance can have severe repercussions on the driver. The consequences can vary greatly depending on the severity of the driver’s state. One of the many concerns of several drivers is what happens after their license has been suspended or revoked. It is important to know what steps can be taken to regain a driver’s license after a DUI.

It is also important for anyone to know the difference between having a driver’s license suspended and having it revoked. The greater the violation, the harsher the penalty.


When a driver’s license is suspended it means that it is temporarily out of service. There are two different kinds of license suspensions, definite and indefinite. The former has a determined period when the suspension itself will end and the driver must also pay all the necessary fees. The latter happens when the driver has failed to pay a parking ticket and it will be lifted once the driver has done the payment.

It is important to add that a definite suspension takes place when a driver is intoxicated with drugs or alcohol.


A revocation means that a license has been officially canceled. For the driver to recover it, he or she will need to reach out to the local DMV and pay any type of penalties given to the driver. Unfortunately for the driver, he or she will have to go through the licensing process again, which means that the driver will have to retake the written and road test. Once the driver has passed, he or she will be given a new license.

The ways in which a driver can have his or her license revoked is from a DUI, driving recklessly, fleeing an accident, unable to pay traffic tickets, speeding or racing.