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Crucial Things To Understand About a Suspended or Revoked Driver’s License in Indiana


Often, people assume that driving is a legal right. In the United States, driving is not a constitutional right given to all residents. Instead, it is a privilege contingent upon responsible behavior. If a driver engages in irresponsible behavior, their driving privileges can be suspended or revoked. Facing a suspended or revoked license can be a daunting experience. If your license is suspended or revoked, it can adversely affect several aspects of your life. Thankfully, when facing a license revocation or suspension, there are options.

If you are in Indiana and are facing the possibility of having your driver’s license suspended or revoked, you most likely have many questions. In this article, we share some crucial things to know about a suspended license in Indiana.

The Indiana BMV Does Not Revoke Driver’s Licenses

In Indiana, the Bureau of Motor Vehicles (BMV) is allowed to suspend driving licenses. However, the bureau does not officially “revoke” driver’s licenses, through a lifetime suspension, anymore. Instead, the maximum suspension is now ten (10) years.

Causes of Driver’s License Suspension in Indiana

Driver’s licenses can be suspended or revoked in Indiana for various reasons. The following are some of the common causes of driver’s license suspension or revocation in Indiana;

  • Accruing a certain number of traffic violation points within a specific period
  • Operating a vehicle while under the influence of drugs or alcohol
  • Failure to pay fines
  • Driving without auto insurance
  • Failure to complete mandated traffic school

In Indiana, every moving violation is assigned a point value. The point value relates to the severity of the offense. Point values can range from zero to ten. For example, an improper U-turn attracts four points, whereas reckless driving with bodily injury attracts ten points. Points can remain on an individual’s driving record for two years from the conviction date.

Reinstating Your Driver’s License

After the suspension period ends, one must go through the reinstatement process. The reinstatement process may entail several steps, including paying reinstatement fees, submitting proof of insurance, and satisfying any other requirements, such as completing a driver safety program, retaking your driving test. Understanding and adhering to reinstatement requirements is vital for successfully reinstating your driver’s license.

During your suspension period, you may be able to get driving privileges with Specialized Driving Privileges, formally known as a hardship license. These privileges allow you to travel to work, school, and other necessary places.

Consequences of Driving With a Suspended or Revoked Driver’s License

Driving with a suspended or revoked license in Indiana can attract harsh penalties. It is vital to refrain from driving with a suspended or revoked license. Some potential penalties for driving with a suspended or revoked license include fines, extended suspension, vehicle impoundment, and even jail time.

Navigating the complexities of a suspended or revoked driver’s license in Indiana can be challenging. Consulting with a skilled attorney can prove invaluable.

Contact Us for Legal Help

Our Indianapolis criminal defense lawyers at Rigney Law LLC have experience working with people who have license suspensions. Contact us today for legal help.



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