Reasons for having your license revoked or suspended
There are a variety of reasons why your 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 driver’s license to be suspended or revoked.
- Driving Under the Influence. Your 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. Refusing to take a chemical test is considered a separate offense and even if you are acquitted on DUI charges later, you may still have your license suspended for up to one year based on your refusal to take the test. If you are convicted of a DUI and you refused to take the test, chances are the fine you pay will be higher and the period of suspension longer as well. If you are under 21 years of age and have a blood alcohol content of 0.02% or more, your license will be automatically suspended for a month and your driving privileges will be restricted for another 330 days after that.
- 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. Your license will be automatically revoked if you are found driving with a suspended license or no license at all.
- Driving without Insurance. All motor vehicles driven in Kansas must be properly insured. Failure to provide proof of valid auto insurance can result in your license being suspended.
- Other Driving-related Violations. Your 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 reckless driving, speeding, fleeing the scene of an accident and not filing an accident report
- Physical or Psychological Disqualification. The DMV 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 Division of Motor Vehicles notice or not appearing in court; failing to pay traffic tickets, fines or surcharges; and not paying child support.
- Automatic Revocation. The following traffic infractions will result in your license be automatically revoked:
- Homicide caused by your vehicle.
- Any crime in which your vehicle is involved.
- Failing to stop at the scene of an accident and give aid.
- Being convicted of not carrying auto insurance.
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