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Mass. RMV Suspension Reasons

There are approximately 64 ways to lose your license. The following is a list of Massachusetts License Suspension or Revocation Reasons. Many of these are automatic suspensions which are triggered by the court notifying the RMV of a conviction for a triggering offense. Out of state violations committed by someone living or licensed in Massachusetts will count as if they had occurred in Massachusetts. 

65 WAYS TO LOSE YOUR LICENSE

  1. Abandoning a Motor Vehicle, (90 day to 1 year suspension), G.L. c. 90 § 22
  2. Allowing or Employing an Unlicensed Person to Operate, (up to 1 year, license and/or registration suspension), G.L. c. 90 § 12
  3. Allowing an IID restricted driver to use a non IID vehicle, (up to 1 year license suspension), G.L. c. 90 § 12
  4. Breathalyzer Failure, above .08 BAC. (30 days), G.L. c. 90 § 24(1)(f)(2)
  5. Bribing an official regarding a Driver's License (60 day disqualification) 540 CMR 2.06(a)(5)
  6. Cheating on the Driver's License Written Test (60 day disqualification) 540 CMR 2.06(5)(a)
  7. Chemical Test Refusal (Breathalyzer Refusal), (180 days to lifetime), G.L. c. 90 § 24(1)(f)(1)
  8. Complaint of Improper Operation / Incompetent Operator. G.L. c. 90 § 22(b)
  9. Complaint Regulatory
  10. CDL Violations, (up to lifetime revocation & disqualification) G.L. c. 90F § 9
  11. Drag Racing: 30 day minimum suspension, up to 3 years, depending on whether driver has a regular license, JOL, or Learner's Permit and whether it is first or subsequent offense. G.L. c. 90 § 17B
  12. Drug Violations, (up to 5 year suspension), G.L. c. 90 § 22
  13. Fake ID or False License (6 months to 1 year suspension), G.L. c. 138 § 34B, G.L. c. 90 § 22(e)
  14. False License Application (6 months to 1 year suspension) G.L. c. 90 § 24B  (“COMP FRAUD LIC/ID”)
  15. False Motor Vehicle Insurance Claim (1 year suspension), G.L. c. 26 § 8B
  16. Failure to File Accident Report, (indefinite), G.L. c. 90 § 26
  17. Failure to Appear on Criminal Automobile Law Violation, (Indefinite license revocation), G.L. c. 90C § 3
  18. Failure to Notify the RMV re: change of name or address, G.L. c. 90 § 26A
  19. Failure to pay child support, (indefinite revocation), G.L. c. 119 § 16A, G.L. c. 90 § 22
  20. Failure to pay parking tickets on lease or rental car (indefinite), G.L. c. 90 § 20E
  21. Failure to pay Required Fees to the RMV
  22. Failure to pay motor vehicle sales tax
  23. Failure to pay Property Damage Judgment (indefinite), G.L. c. 90 § 22A
  24. Failure to Register as Sex Offender, (indefinite) G.L. c. 6 § 178C
  25. Failure to stop for a school bus, 2nd or subsequent offense, (1 year revocation), G.L. c. 90 § 14
  26. Habitual Traffic Offender: 3 major or 12 minor traffic violations, or any combination thereof, within any 5 year period. (4 year revocation) G.L. c. 90 § 22F
  27. Handicap Plate or Placard Violations, (30 days to 1 year revocation)
  28. Ignition Interlock Device (IID) Violations, (10 years to lifetime), G.L. c. 90 § 24.5
  29. Illegally Carrying Firearms in a Motor Vehicle (1 year suspension), G.L. c. 140 § 131C
  30. Immediate Threat to Public Safety (Indefinite Suspension) G.L. c. 90 § 22(a)
  31. JOL - Driving Outside of Hours or Passenger Restriction Violation, (60 days to 1 year) G.L. c. 90 § 8
  32. Learner's Permit Violations: Driving without Licensed Person in vehicle or outside of hours (60 days to 1 year) G.L. c. 90 § 8B
  33. Leaving the Scene of an Accident, (1 to 10 year license suspension), G.L. c. 90 § 24
  34. Littering, (up to 30 day suspension), G.L. c. 90 § 22G, G.L. c. 270 § 16
  35. Medical Reasons including seizures or loss of consciousness, poor vision, psychiatric conditions, diabetes, epilepsy, and various other medical conditions which effect the safe operation of a motor vehicle. (Indefinite Revocation) G.L. c. G.L. c. 90 § 22(b)
  36. Minor in Possession of Alcohol, (90 day revocation), G.L. c. 138 § 34C
  37. Obstructing a Police, Fire, or Emergency Vehicle, 3rd offense, (driver retraining class), G.L. c. 89 § 7 
  38. Operating After Suspension, (60 days to 1 year) G.L. c. 90 § 23
  39. Operating so as to Endanger, Negligent Operation, (60 days to 3 years), G.L. c. 90 § 24
  40. Operating an Uninsured Motor Vehicle (60 day to 1 year suspension), G.L. c. 90 § 34J
  41. Operating Under the Influence of Alcohol or Drugs (OUI), (45 days to lifetime), G.L. c. 90 § 24
  42. Operating Under the Influence of Alcohol or Drugs (OUI) with Child Endangerment (1 to 3 years), G.L. c. 90 § 24V
  43. Operating Under the Influence Causing Serious Bodily Injury (2 years), G.L. c. 90 § 24L
  44. Out of State Violations (indefinite), G.L. c. 90 § 22(c)
  45. Out of State Violations - CDL (indefinite) G.L. c. 90F § 8
  46. Payment Default: failure to pay a traffic ticket (Indefinite) G.L. c. 90C § 3(A)(6)
  47. Procuring Alcohol for a Minor, (180 day suspension), G.L. c. 138 § 34A
  48. Refusal to Have Tractor Trailer Weighed, (90 day license suspension), G.L. c. 90 § 19A
  49. Refusal to Submit to a Police Officer / Failure to Stop, (60 days), G.L. c. 90 § 25, 540 CMR 2.06(5)(b)(4)
  50. Registration Violations (6 month suspension), G.L. c. 90 § 3
  51. 3 speeding tickets in a year, with the year being measured from conviction date to conviction date (30 day suspension) G.L. c. 90 § 20
  52. 1 or more Speeding Tickets while on a learner's permit (90 day suspension for 1st offense & 1 year for 2nd or subsequent) G.L. c. 90 § 20
  53. Speeding Tickets while on a Junior Operator (JOL) License (90 days for 1st offense & 1 year for 2nd offense) G.L. c. 90 § 20
  54. Stealing, Stripping, or Vandalizing a Motor Vehicle, (1 to 5 year license revocation), G.L. c. 266 § 28
  55. Stealing, Forging, or Falsifying RMV Documents, (1 year revocation), G.L. c. 90 § 24B
  56. Tagging, (1 year suspension), G.L. c. 266 § 126A
  57. Texting or Using a Cell Phone While Driving (JOL Only) 60 day suspension for 1st offense, 180 days for 2nd offense, 1 year for 3rd offese.
  58. Tinted Windows, 3rd offense, (90 day suspension), G.L. c. 90 § 9D
  59. 5 Surchargable Events in any 3 year period (indefinite suspension until NSC Attitudinal Dynamics of Driving Class is taken) G.L. c. 175 § 113B. After October, 2010 this will be replaced by 3 surchargeable events within any 2 year period.
  60. 7 Surchargable Events in any 3 year period (60 day suspension) G.L. c. 175 § 113B
  61. Using a Motor Vehicle without Authority, (1 to 3 year revocation), G.L. c. 90 § 24
  62. Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) related Violations: (1 year suspension). G.L. c. 266 § 139
  63. Vehicular Homicide, (15 year to lifetime revocation), G.L. c. 90 § 24G
  64. Vehicular Manslaughter, (15 year to lifetime revocation), G.L. c. 265, § 131/2
  65. Youth Alcohol Program (180 days), G.L. c. 90 § 24P
  66. Warrants, any outstanding arrest warrants, (indefinite license suspension), G.L. c. 90 § 22