Some common reasons a person's driver's license may be suspended include getting too many points on a license and driving under the influence of impairing drugs and alcohol. Non-traffic-related incidents, such as failing to pay child support, can also result in a suspended license.
As of 2015, DMV.org reports that a number of different organizations can suspend an individual's drivers license, including the local Department of Motor Vehicles, the Secretary of State, the Department of Revenue and the Motor Vehicle Division. In addition to getting a DUI, other traffic-related incidents, such as having multiple traffic violations, can result in a suspension.
Other possible actions that can result in a suspension include refusal to take a blood-alcohol test, driving without liability insurance, leaving the scene of an accident that caused injuries, failing to file an accident report and failing to either answer a traffic summons or pay a fine.
Requirements to reinstate one's license vary from state to state, although those with suspended licenses should expect to have to refrain from driving for a certain time, take a defensive driving course and pay a reinstatement fee. In some circumstances, an individual may be able to obtain a restricted driver's license, which typically allows the holder to drive to work. Driving with a suspended license can result in heavy fines and possibly jail time.