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Suspended License Information for Pennsylvania

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 Pennsylvania 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).


There are a variety of reasons why your Pennsylvania 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 Pennsylvania driver's license to be suspended or revoked.

  • Driving Under the Influence. Your Pennsylvania 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 will depend on the degree of intoxication and your previous driving record. There are three degrees of intoxication in Pennsylvania:
  • General Impairment - 0.08% to 0.099% blood alcohol content (BAC) Periods of suspension up to one year, jail terms of up to two years and fines of up to $5,000. You may also be required to have an ignition alcohol lock fitted to your vehicle and be required to attend alcohol and drug treatment.
  • High BAC - 0.10% to 0.159% Periods of suspension up to 18 months, jail terms of up to five years and fines of up to $10,000. You may also be required to have an ignition alcohol lock fitted to your vehicle and be required to attend alcohol and drug treatment
  • Highest BAC - 0.16% and over Periods of suspension up to 18 months, jail terms of up to five years and fines of up to $10,000. You may also be required to have an ignition alcohol lock fitted to your vehicle and be required to attend alcohol and drug treatment. In addition, you may be charged with a first degree misdemeanor.
  • Excessive Moving Violations. The state of Pennsylvania operates on a point system, in which drivers accumulate points on their license for every moving violation they commit. License restrictions and fines vary according to how many and how often you accumulate points.
  • The first time you exceed six points, you must pass a written exam regarding traffic safety. If you do not pass this test within 30 days, your license will be suspended until you do pass. If you do pass, your points total will be reduced by two points.
  • The second time you exceed six points you must attend a Pennsylvania Department of Transport (DOT) hearing. Failure to attend will result in a mandatory 60 day suspension. At the hearing, an examiner will examine your driving record. Based on his/her decision, you will have your license suspended for 15 days and must pass an on-road driving test. If you pass this test within 30 days you will have your driving record reduced by two points.
  • If you exceed six points three or more times, you will have to attend a mandatory DOT hearing, at which an examiner will review your record and possibly impose a 30 day suspension. Failure to attend the hearing will result in license suspension until such time as you do attend.
  • Exceeding 10 points will result in immediate suspension. The period of suspension will be determined by your previous suspension record - one previous suspension, five days per point; two previous suspensions, 10 days per point; three previous suspensions, 15 days per point; subsequent suspensions, one years suspension.
  • Driving without Insurance. All motor vehicles driven in Pennsylvania must be properly insured. Failure to provide proof of valid auto insurance can result in your license being suspended.
  • 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.
  • Other Driving-Related Violations. Your Pennsylvania 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.
  • Physical or Psychological Disqualification. The DOT 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 DOT notice or not appearing in court; failing to pay traffic tickets, fines or surcharges; and not paying child support.
  • Failure to stop for a school bus. Your license will be suspended if you fail to stop for a school bus with flashing red lights.
  • Excessive Speed. When a driver is convicted for speeding over 31 mph, the driver will have to attend a hearing and will get a 15 Day License Suspension or/and Special On-Road Driver's Examination. In a 15 day suspension, the driving record will show 5 points upon restoration.


Having your Pennsylvania 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. You will be notified by the Department that your license has been suspended. You must then surrender it to the Pennsylvania Department of Transport by mail or handing it in to:
Bureau of Driver Licensing
PO Box 68693
Harrisburg, PA 17106-8693    
You will also need to include a completed Acknowledgment Form for the suspension/revocation. 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.


Before your license is suspended, you will receive a notification of proposed suspension from the Department of Transport. You have the option to appeal through your county's Court of Common Appeal, but there is no guarantee that any appeal will be successful. 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 may remove points from the current driving record, and in some cases can enable an individual to avoid having his license suspended. You may be eligible to obtain either a probationary license, which will allow you to drive between the hours of 6:00am and 7:00pm, or under certain circumstances an occupational limited license. To apply for a probationary license, you need to complete a probationary license petition and pay the $85.25 fee. If your application fails, $25 of that fee is non-refundable. For an occupational limited license, you need to complete form DL-15 and submit it together with the $50 fee and proof of insurance. The Bureau of Driver Licensing will advise you within 20 days if your application has been successful. In both cases above, you should send your application to:
Bureau of Driver Licensing
P.O. Box 68689
Harrisburg, PA 17106-8689    
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.


Once your suspension has expired, you can resume driving, provided you show proof of insurance and have paid any outstanding fees. Regardless of how many points you had on your license prior to suspension, the total on your driver record will be set to five.


Reviews of Suspended License Information for Pennsylvania

i got a dui in perry county. But i have no way of getting up for the highway safety courses there since my DL is suspended. And am i correct in thinking that i cant get my DL back until i take these courses? Im between a rock and a hard place. Any info would be great.

Just turned 19, never had a license in any state. Moved from PA to DE last year, went to get a DE license, they told me the National river Registry search determined my license was suspended or revoked in PA. But I never had one, they gave me a case/docket # that begins with PA319xxxxx , but i cant find any info on it.

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Need help with what i can do about my license being suspended

what is a hearing and after you are found guilty, how long will it be until this happens? If this is your first time getting a 31 mpg and over how long could your license get suspended for?

Beginning in 1997 my licence was suspended for six months for a drug conviction. They were suspended again on different occasions for a total of five years. I never had a license and so there was nothing to turn in to the DOT.In September of 2011 I recieved a letter telling me that my licensewere suspended and to have them reinstated I had to follow the process.Upon aquireing a $25 money order I went to the Motor Vehicle office in downtown Pittsburgh hoping to be able to start the process of getting a drivers license. There I was told that the 5 year suspension would begin that day. I am confused the time period of any and all suspensions is long over and the notive of suspention came 2 years after the probation period given the by the courts was terminated. I need to drive now for my employment and believe that I am being punished allover again for crimes that I have already paid. Please advise me on what I might be able to do to relieve this situation.

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My question is in 2008 I was ticketed for speeding (7 miles over the limit). I knew the judge as I worked in a small town helping to build an apartment building. I asked him to throw out the ticket in lieu of all I had done for the community with the project, jobs I brought to the town, work, business for the businesses etc. He decided not to. I asked could I do some community work? He stated because I was working in Texas but my license was from PA that I couldn't do community work. I did not pay the fine ($133) and my license was suspended shortly thereafter. I would not like to get my license reinstated. What would be the best route to take with the obvious fees included now.

My license was suspended for DUI in 2000. I did not have a license at the time. Now 11 yrs later I still cannot acquire my license. What can I do?

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How do I find out When I can get reinstated for a suspension

You can go to the PA DOT website and request what is needed to restore your license just like if you were to register your vehicle or renew your license or ID card.