Why Is My Driver's License Suspended in Pennsylvania?

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How do I find out why/if I am suspended?

The quickest way to determine why you are suspended is to obtain a Restoration Requirements letter. This can be obtained (for FREE!) at PennDOT's website at the link below. Click on the link to "request a restoration requirements letter".


What will a Restoration Requirements Letter tell me?

This letter will list what all must occur before PennDOT will restore your privilege to drive. This often includes the term of suspension that must be served, the payment of a restoration fee, whether you are actively receiving credit towards the suspension and a date when you can have you license returned, known as an eligibility date, among other requirements.


What if the letter says I need to return my license/submit and acknowledgment?

This means PennDOT's records, whether correct or not, indicate that credit towards your suspension has not begun and you must take immediate action. If you are a PA motorist it may mean submitting a valid license, or if a license is lost/expired, a special form (DL-16, eligible at the link below) stating such. If you are an out-of-state motorist, you must submit a DL-16. If you believe you previously took this step and PennDOT is in error, you have the right to request an administrative hearing where you must appear in Harrisburg to state your case.


Can I get my license before my eligiblity date?

It depends. If you are an out of state motorist, you may have to check with your home state. If you are a PA motorist, you may be entitled to credit as stated above or you may qualify for an occupational limited license or a probationary license. Be advised, these licenses only apply for PA residents and are not available for all suspensions. More information on these licenses can be found at the link below.

Additional Resources

PennDOT Driver and Vehicle Services

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