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License Suspensions, Revocations, Mass. RMV, Massachusetts Registry


Certain motor vehicle violations or at-fault accidents that are listed on your driving record are called surchargeable events. Each surchargeable event counts toward possible license suspension. Remember, the RMV treats most out-of-state traffic convictions as if they occurred in Massachusetts. The law requires the Registrar to suspend or revoke your driver’s license automatically in several instances, as outlined below:

If you receive responsible findings on three speeding violations within a 12-month period, your driver’s license will be suspended automatically for 30 days.

If you collect 5 surchargeable events on your driving record within a 3 year period, you are in danger of having your license suspended. You will be sent a letter from the RMV instructing you to complete a driver retraining program

If you collect 7 surchargeable events within a 3 year period, your license will be suspended automatically for 60 days.

If you collect a total of 3 major moving violations or any combination of 12 major or minor moving violations within a five-year period, you will be considered a Habitual Traffic Offender and your license will be revoked for 4 years. You will likely be able to get a hardship license of your license is revoked as a habitual traffic offender (HTO).

The Registrar will also suspend your license and right to operate if you have failed to comply with a child support enforcement order, have an outstanding arrest or default warrant, have failed to register as a sex offender or have been convicted of a drug offense. Also, If your driving privileges have been suspended or revoked in another state, your Massachusetts driver’s license will be suspended until your out-of-state suspension or revocation is resolved.

Remember: If your license is suspended or revoked, you have the right to a hearing with a Registry Hearings Officer. You have the right to legal representation at this suspension hearing.

The RMV may also suspend your license for discretionary reasons criminal offenses, & JOL Violations, including JOL alcohol offenses.

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