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How can a license suspension can affect my employability?

Looking for a job is stressful enough on its own. A license suspension can throw a wrench in the process. Not only are you unable to drive on a suspended license — making it difficult to meet with potential employers — but a suspended license might impact your ability to score an interview in the first place.

 

Reasons for suspension

There are several reasons for license suspension in the state of California. Some include:

  • DUI convictions
  • Underage drinking
  • Refusal of drug or alcohol tests
  • Excessive traffic violations
  • Driving without insurance

Suspension periods can last years, and you often must pay a fine to get your license back. But these aren’t the only setbacks of a suspended license.

A license suspension may influence employers’ decisions

Depending on the reason, your driver’s license suspension may show up as a criminal citation on your record. Fortunately, there are laws like the Fair Chance Act that prevent an employer from asking about your criminal background. But in some cases, having a suspended license can render you unfit for the job.

Some jobs require a driver’s license. In industries like agriculture, construction and manufacturing, you might encounter tasks that involve transporting merchandise between different sites or using vehicles to haul materials. In these instances, employers will often inquire after your driving record. A license suspension may be the determining factor when it comes time to hire.

In positions such as commercial vehicle drivers and mail carriers, employers will likely rely on the details of your driving record to determine which candidates are suited for the job.

Unfortunate employer assumptions

Even when driving isn’t part of the job description, having a suspended license can still affect your employability. Unfortunately, many employers view license suspension not only as an indication of your driving capabilities, but also of your personality or character.

An employer might see a license suspension and assume you are irresponsible or impulsive. They might even interpret your suspension as an inability to cooperate or learn from your mistakes. While these assumptions are unfair, it just goes to show the extent that a suspended license may have on your future.

The impact that a driver’s license suspension can have on your employability can be life-changing. If you believe the DMV wrongly suspended your license, don’t hesitate to fight the decision.

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