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Understanding Pennsylvania driver suspension and revocation laws

On Behalf of | Apr 1, 2020 | DUI

Many traffic law violations in Pennsylvania can result in the temporary or permanent loss of your driver’s license. A leading cause is operating a vehicle while under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

If you receive a conviction for a vehicle-related offense, it is important to understand how this may impact your driving privileges.

The causes

In addition to DUI, there are many violations that may result in license suspension and revocation. Some offenses include the following:

  • Fleeing from a police officer
  • Committing any felony involving a vehicle
  • Driving without lights to avoid detection
  • Failure to comply with an active railway crossing
  • Driving recklessly
  • Committing hit-and-run offenses

Other serious violations include committing homicide by vehicle and racing on highways.

The effects

Driving suspension or revocation follows a timeline. You must surrender your license to the Pennsylvania Bureau of Driver Licensing. Unlicensed drivers must submit an affidavit or file the required state forms in lieu of license surrender.

You have 30 days to file an appeal under Pennsylvania driving laws. Beyond serving the suspension or revocation, you must satisfy the following prior to restoring your driving privileges:

  • Proof of insurance
  • Proof of payment for any fines and costs owed
  • Restoration fees

The outcome

Pennsylvania law regarding suspensions and revocations includes a point system. Points on your driving record add up to indicate violations of state traffic laws. A total of six or more points initiates corrective action. This may include suspension and a written examination.

First-time suspensions are for a period of 90 days. Expect a 120-day suspension for future occurrences. Second offenses often result in special hearings and sanctions to your driving privileges. DUI offenses increase impacts on license suspensions and revocations. A third DUI offense includes potential jail time. Take necessary action with any traffic violation. Being proactive may help avoid prolonged loss of your driving privileges or worse.

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