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What to do if you know or suspect your New York State Driver’s License or driving privileges are suspended or revoked

Maybe you have an out-of-state driver’s license and cannot get it renewed because of something in New York State. Maybe you have a nagging feeling that keeps you up at night about that ticket you never answered 7 years ago in upstate NY. Maybe you received some weird notice in the mail telling you that your New York State driver’s license or driving privileges are suspended or revoked. Whatever the case, you need answers on how to research and clear your suspensions. For that, you have come to the right place.

Why is my New York State License suspended?

New York State has the right to suspend or revoke your NYS driver’s license and/or privileges for over 100 reasons, many of which have nothing at all to do with driving a vehicle. The reasons are contained in NY VTL § 510. Common non-driving-related license suspensions include failing to pay child support, failing to pay NYS taxes, and drug convictions.

Most driver’s license suspensions occur because the motorist failed to answer a traffic ticket, pay a fine to a court, or pay a DMV fine, assessment, surcharge, or suspension/revocation lift fee. Depending on the nature of the suspension or revocation depends on the method for getting your license or privileges unsuspended and restored. You may have to make a payment online, pay an assessment, pay a suspension lift fee, appear before a court, contact a particular unit of the NYS DMV, make a written application, or submit a written, sworn, and notarized affidavit.