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Suspended License Information for Nebraska

While some motorists regard driving as a basic right, the fact is that operating a motor vehicle is a privilege that must be earned and maintained by demonstrating safe and lawful driving. Under certain circumstances, an individual's Nebraska driver's license may be suspended or revoked for a specific length of time, depending on the person's driving record or history, and the particular violation(s).

REASONS FOR DRIVER'S LICENSE SUSPENSIONS

There are a variety of reasons why your Nebraska driver's license might be suspended. Some of these are related to specific driving violations, while others may be due to violation of other State laws. Following are some of the most common reasons for a Nebraska driver's license to be suspended or revoked.

  • Excessive Moving Violations. The state of Nebraska operates on a point system, in which drivers accumulate points on their license for every moving violation they commit. If you accumulate 12 points in two years, you will lose your license for six months. For a second offense within five years, your driving privileges will be revoked for three years.
  • Driving Under the Influence. Your Nebraska driver's license will be suspended if you are found guilty of driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs. The length of the suspension depends on the severity of the violation and whether it is a first or repeat offense.
  • For a first time offense, the minimum period is 7 days in jail, a 6 month revocation and a $400 fine. The maximum is 60 days in jail, a 6 month revocation and $500 fine, for probation it is a 60 day license revocation.
  • For a second offense, it is a minimum of 30 days in jail, a year's license revocation and a fine of $500. The maximum is 90 days in jail, a year's license revocation and a fine of $500, for probation it is 10 days in jail or not less than 240 hours of community service.
  • For a third offense, the minimum is 90 days in jail, 15 years license revocation and $600 fine. The maximum is a year in jail, 15 years license revocation and $600 fine. If on probation, you will serve 30 days in jail, have a 2-15 year license revocation and pay a $600 fine.
  • For a fourth offense, the minimum is 180 days in jail, and a 15 year license revocation. The maximum is 5 years in jail, 15 year license revocation and a $10,000 fine. If probation, then it is 90 days in jail, 15 year license revocation and a $1000 fine.
  • For a fifth offense, the minimum is a year in jail and a 15 year license revocation. The maximum is 20 years in jail, 15 year license revocation and a $25,000 fine. On probation it is 180 days in jail, 15 year license revocation and a $1000 fine. You might also have to attend an alcohol treatment program at your own expense if so ordered by the court.
  • Driving with a Suspended License or no License. Driving with a suspended license will lead to an increase in the length of the suspension, and you may also be imprisoned for up to five years. The duration of the additional suspension varies depending on the reason for the underlying suspension. Your driver's license may also be suspended if you do not have your license with you while you are driving.
  • Driving without Insurance. All motor vehicles driven in Nebraska must be properly insured. Failure to provide proof of valid auto insurance can result in your license being suspended.
  • Other Driving-Related Violations. Your Nebraska driver's license may also be suspended if you engage in reckless driving, are found to be at fault in a fatal accident, or if you abandon your vehicle on a public highway. Other reasons include using your vehicle to get away from a police officer, and fleeing from the scene of an accident.
  • Physical or Psychological Disqualification. The Department of Motor Vehicles can order a re-examination of any person who may not be fit to drive. An individual's driving privileges may be suspended if the re-examination finds they are physically or psychologically unable to drive safely.
  • Non-Driving Reasons for License Suspension. A variety of non-driving violations or issues can result in your license being suspended. These include not responding to a Department of Motor Vehicles notice or not appearing in court, failing to pay traffic tickets, fines or surcharges; defaulting on alimony payments and not paying child support.
  • Teen Drivers. If you are a teen driver and go against the stipulations of the Nebraska Graduated Licensing Program your license can be suspended.

WHAT TO DO IF YOUR NEBRASKA DRIVER'S LICENSE IS SUSPENDED

Having your Nebraska driver's license suspended is a serious matter and it is essential to adhere to State law in the event that your license is suspended. If you believe your license may be suspended due to one of the reasons listed above it is advisable to speak with a traffic ticket lawyer or a DUI-DWI lawyer. The most important things to be aware of following a license suspension are:
  1. If your license has not already been taken away from you in court, you must surrender it to the Nebraska Department of Motor Vehicles. You can surrender your license in person at a Driver Licensing Office, or mail it to:
    Nebraska Department of Motor Vehicles
    Driver and Vehicle Records Division
    301 Centennial Mall South
    P.O. Box 94789
    Lincoln, NE 68509-4789    
  2. While your license is suspended, you are not permitted to drive. If you are found driving with a suspended license, you may be imprisoned for up to five years, and/or the length of your suspension may be increased.
  3. After your suspension is over, you will receive a written notice of restoration, with instructions on how to restore your license. Do not drive until you have completed the necessary steps and received a valid, replacement license from the Nebraska DMV.
  4. You can also apply for a restricted permit if you need to get to work or receive medical attention or if you wish to drive but your license was suspended or revoked as you were a habitual DUI offender. Details on the permit are given below:

APPEALING A SUSPENSION

If you receive a notice of suspension from the DMV, and you wish to challenge the suspension, you may request a hearing in court. An administrative law judge or the DMV Chief Administrator will hear your case, and determine whether your driver's license should be suspended or not. In addition, drivers whose license may be suspended due to accumulating excessive points may be eligible to enroll in a Driver Improvement Program. Completing a Driver Improvement Program removes two points from the current driving record if it has less than 12 points, and in some cases can enable an individual to avoid having his license suspended. It is also a good idea to seek the advice of a traffic ticket lawyer or a DUI-DWI lawyer, based on the reason for the suspension.

RESTORING YOUR LICENSE

You will receive a notice from the DMV after you have completed your suspension period. The notice will include complete instructions regarding how to get your license back. For instance, if your license was suspended due to points, you will need to attend a driver education course. Or if your license was suspended as you did not pay a traffic ticket you will have to pay the ticket and the reinstatement fee. Generally, you will need to:
  1. Pay a restoration fee of $50. The fee can be paid in person at a Driver Licensing Office. You can also mail a check or money order payable to:
    Nebraska Department of Motor Vehicles
    Driver and Vehicle Records Division
    301 Centennial Mall South
    P.O. Box 94789
    Lincoln, NE 68509-4789    
  2. You can also reinstate your license online.
  3. Apply for a standard license renewal to obtain a new license.
Note that after your license is restored, you will be subject to a probation period during which any new violations may result in an additional suspension of your Nebraska driver's license.

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