Lifetime Driver’s License Bans and Revocation

We have all heard the saying, “driving is a privilege, not a right.” This saying unfortunately rings true when driver’s licenses are suspended or worse, revoked. More often, people will lose their license for a period of time for various driving violations. Revocation only occurs in the most severe violations such as multiple DUIs, assaults with a motor vehicle, serious reckless driving incidents, and sometimes a lack of obtaining insurance.

Will My License Be Revoked?

In Connecticut, receiving a third charge of driving under the influence (DUI) can result in very serious consequences, one of those being a revocation of one’s driver’s license. The law changed in 2013, which now allows for the opportunity to request a license restoration after two years. Many times, even if the license is reinstated, there could be conditions attached to the driver’s ability to drive such as an interlock device or drug and alcohol education programs. A restoration hearing can take place, at which time the commissioner of the court will determine whether or not the person is a danger to the public by having their license reinstated.

As mentioned above, there are other situations where your license could be revoked and you will have a lifetime ban from driving. You can learn more about these situations by contacting our office.

How License Revocation Will Impact You

License revocation can affect many different aspects of a person’s life as well as cause embarrassment. A license suspension or revocation can cause a long list of potential issues that the individual will have to deal with such as:

  • Restrictions on traveling.
  • Complications getting to and from work.
  • Complications getting to and from school.
  • Dealing with public transportation and time restraints.
  • Difficulty running errands, grocery shopping, and getting to doctor’s appointments.
  • Less freedom.
  • Embarrassment and judgment from others.

A lifetime ban on your driver’s license can bar you from holding certain jobs such as being a bus driver, taxi driver, truck driver, and more. As a result, your very livelihood could be at stake if your license is revoked due to a serious driving violation. At the very least, not being able to drive will be an inconvenience to you and your family.

Getting Help

If you have had your driver’s license suspended or revoked, you may have the opportunity to have a hearing to get your license reinstated. If you are dealing with a revoked license, reach out to our office to find out if you are eligible for a hearing or have any other options. If you are eligible for a hearing, we can answer your questions regarding this hearing and help you prepare for it. We are happy to help, simply contact our office to learn more.


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