What Are Some of the Reasons for a Suspended Driver's License?


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Driving without insurance, failure to pay a traffic ticket fine and driving while intoxicated or under the influence are some of the reasons a state may suspend a driver's license, according to DMV.org. Some states have a points system and may suspend a license if an individual acquires a certain amount of points for traffic offenses in a given amount of time, explains FindLaw. For example, acquiring six points in 24 months qualifies for suspension in California as of 2015.

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Serious offenses, including vehicular manslaughter, fleeing the scene of an accident, fleeing from the police or committing a felony with a vehicle, usually result in immediate license suspension, states DMV.org. An individual may also lose his license because of inaccuracies on his driving record, such as more points appearing on his record than he actually accumulated.

Certain non-driving offenses also may result in the suspension of a license, though laws vary by state and are subject to a judge's discretion, claims FindLaw. For example, failing to pay child support results in suspension in all states except New Hampshire, New Mexico, North Carolina and South Dakota. A judge may suspend a license for a drug-related conviction, failing to appear to a court summons, not having a valid license or using a license plate that is altered or fake.

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