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California DMV Law Firm Blog

Are driver’s license suspensions causing more harm than good?

Having your driver’s license suspended puts a strain on your mobility making it more difficult to get to work, pick up your child from daycare or run to the grocery store. It may have adverse effects on other aspects of your life too.

In California, 350,000 drivers’ licenses get suspended every year. Reckless driving, driving without insurance and other traffic violations can lead to license suspension or revocation by the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV).

California can no longer suspend a license for overdue fines

Losing your driver’s license is difficult. Suddenly, you wonder how you will get to work, run errands or getaway to the cabin for the weekend. Our driver’s licenses provide us the freedom and independence to transport ourselves without reliance on others like teenagers begging their parents for a ride to the mall.

Until March 2018, the California Department of Motor Vehicles could suspend your license for overdue fees. Drivers with suspended licenses at that time could drive legally again with a valid license. Drivers whose licenses had been suspended for outstanding fines could again reapply for their licenses in March of that year. This change did not affect drivers who had their license suspended for offenses like DUI.