Driving on a Suspended or Revoked License

Driving on a Suspended or Revoked License

Transportation Review

licensing pictureAugust 2011

By Anne Teigen and William Smallen

Driver’s licenses are essential to ensuring public safety on and around roadways. Licensing dates back to the dawn of the automobile era and ensures that drivers have passed a minimum knowledge and skills test, and that they are held accountable for their actions on the roads. Driving is considered a privilege rather than a right. Consequently the state that issues a license to drive may revoke it when the driver has committed a reckless driving act or if the driver is considered unfit to drive. All 50 states and the District of Columbia issue driver’s licenses, and conversely, all have penalties for driving without a license. These penalties vary widely, but follow a similar theme: driving without a license is a serious offense that goes beyond a moving violation. Penalties generally involve fines, jail time or both.

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