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Massachusetts Habitual Traffic Offender License Revocations

Massachusetts Registry News

habitual traffic offenderThe Mass. RMV will suspend your driver’s license for a period of 4 years, as a Habitual Traffic Offender, if you accumulate a total of three major moving violations, or any combination of twelve major or minor moving violations with in any 5 year period. In most cases, both in-state and out of state traffic violations will count against you. At the end of the suspension period you will be required to pay a $500 reinstatement fee. You must have taken the National Safety Council Driver Re-Training Class to get reinstated. If your Mass. driving record is accurate, a 4 year suspension is mandatory under the Massachusetts HTO law. However, you can avoid the HTO revocation providing proof that any of the HTO violations are under appeal or that any of the decisions have been reversed through the court system.

Actions taken on 5 surchargeable events, 7 surchargeable events, and Habitual Traffic Offender (HTO) convictions remain independent of one another. If you have past or current suspensions, you must serve each suspension or revocation independently. This means that is possible to be serving these suspensions based on an accumulation of violations simultaneously.

It may be possible to get a hardship license on a Habitual Traffic Offender License Suspension after you have served 1 year of the mandatory 4 year loss of license. Hardship licenses are available by appealing to the Registry of Motor Vehicles or the Registry Board of Appeal, after 1 year of the 4 year license revocation has been served.

You have the right to appeal your 4 year Habitual Traffic Offender Revocation to the Division of Insurance Board of Appeal. This state agency has the legal authority to order the Registry to reverse the HTO revocation and reinstate your driver’s license. The Board also can order the Registry to grant you a 12 hour hardship license, even if you do not meet the Registry’s stringent criteria.

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