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3 Surchargeable Event License Suspensions


When your Massachusetts Registry record reflects that you have been found responsible for 3 Surchargeable Events within a specified period of time, based on court finding dates and at fault accident surcharge dates, MassDOT will require you to attend and successfully pass a Driver Retraining Program within 90 days of your receipt of the notice of intent to suspend. Pursuant to G.L. c. 175, Section 113B,  if you fail to take and pass the required class or classes, the Registry will automatically and indefinitely revoke your right to operate all motor vehicles in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. The Registry will suspend your license on the date listed in the notice of intent to suspend without further notice.

A suspension for 3 Surchargeable Events will remain in effect until you complete the mandatory Driver Retraining Program. The National Safety Council (NSC) conducts this program. If you are legally required to take the class or classes, you will receive a registration packet from the NSC relative to the required Driver Retraining Program. If you do not receive this packet, you can visit the NSC website or you can call them by phone at 1-800-215-1581.

You do have the right to a hearing any time your license is scheduled for suspension and you have the right to be represented by a lawyer. However, when it comes to 3 Surchargeable Events, in most cases, the only issue that will be addressed at this hearing is the accuracy of your Massachusetts driving record. If you feel that an error has been made and you wish to challenge the accuracy of your driving record, you will be required to present acceptable documentary evidence to refute the contents of your record.

Hearings are held on a walk – in basis and at the RMV Customer Service Centers located in Braintree, Lawrence, Springfield, Worcester, Fall River, Wilmington and 136 Blackstone Street, Boston, 3rd floor.

You can avoid having your license taken for 3 Surchargeable Events by taking the required class(es) prior to the suspension going into effect.

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