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Florida's Many Driver's License Suspensions

Why DMV Will Suspended Your License

Information provided by Eric J. Dirga, P.A., Orlando - Statewide Service

Last Updated: June 2, 2016

Driving an automobile is a privilege not a right. The State of Florida takes this very seriously. It has the authority to regulate the driving of motor vehicles for the safety of everyone. This translates into - If You Mess Up Florida Will Take Your Driver's License. There are ways to get your drivers license back and ways to prevent losing it.

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Why The DMV Will Suspend Your Driver's License

Under Florida law the DMV can take away your driver's license for many reasons. The most common reasons are:

  • Failure to pay a traffic ticket that you received.
  • Failure to pay a traffic ticket that you did not receive.
  • Failure to complete a driving school either ordered or elected.
  • Failure to maintain insurance on a vehicle registered in your name.
  • Your insurance company fails to notify DMV you have insurance.
  • Failure to provide proof of insurance or valid registration to the Clerk for certain traffic tickets.
  • Too many points over a specified time period.

There are many other ways to lose your driving privilege but these seem to get the most people in trouble. The best way to stay on top of this is by keeping your driver's license address up-to-date with the DMV.

DWLS - Driving With a Suspended License

It is against the law to drive with a license that has been suspended or revoked. Up until 1998 it was always a criminal offense. In 1998 the law changed and driving with a suspended license without knowledge became a civil infraction. Unfortunately, the distinction between knowing and not knowing was left up to the police officer that pulled you over.

HINT: Always consult with a traffic lawyer if you ever get a DWLS ticket. These can be fixed easily if you address them early.


HTO - Habitual Traffic Offender

The Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles [DMV] has the power to designate you as an Habitual Traffic Offender [HTO] for either specific repeated infractions, a combination of infractions and criminal traffic offenses, or receiving 45 points on your driving record within a 5-year period.

HINT: If you receive a letter in the mail stating your license will be suspended for 5-years don't panic. Call us. We can usually fix these and get you back on the road in no time.


Avoiding The DWLS and HTO Suspensions

Avoiding being charged with driving with a suspended driver's license should be common sense. However, most people do not know their license is suspended or how to check to see if their driver's license is suspended or how to fix it. This is made more difficult by the inaccurate information received from employees at the DMV or the Clerk's office. They typically provide incorrect or conflicting information which often times makes the situation worse.

I try to explain all the answers begining with What is a Suspended Drivers License all the way through to whether you need a lawyer to help fix the problem. It is a good decision to at least contact a lawyer if your license is suspended because many times a good traffic lawyer can get you back on the road with a valid license.



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