Depending on how many OWIs you have on your record and the severity of the OWI you are dealing with now, your license will either be suspended or revoked.
- A license suspension is a temporary removal of a person’s driving privileges where someone cannot legally drive until the suspension period is up.
- A license revocation is a more permanent removal of someone’s driving privileges.
- The main difference between a suspension and revocation is the penalties involved if you are caught driving outside of your occupational license hours or with no occupational license at all.
- If you are caught driving illegally with a suspended license, the penalties involved will be civil and you will be charged with fines.
- If you are caught driving illegally on a revoked license, the penalties will be criminal and may include jail time and other serious consequences.
- When your license suspension or revocation period is over, you may apply to have it reinstated once you have successfully completed all the necessary requirements.
- These requirements will include but are not always limited to completing an Intoxicated Driver Program, paying all reinstatement fees and filing for SR22 insurance.
- You may also need to install an ignition interlock device on your vehicle if you have more than one OWI conviction.