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59 ways to lose your license: A list



A 2012 draft report by the American Association of Motor Vehicle Administrators (AAMVA) identifies 59 nondriving offenses that can lead to suspension of a driver’s license.

All 50 states, the District of Columbia and all Canadian provinces allow withdrawal of driving privileges for at least some nondriving-related reasons.

The AAMVA says nondriving-related offenses such as nonpayment of child support don't reflect on someone's driving habits and that such suspensions create administrative headaches and devalue laws that do affect safety. (See "Lose your license without getting a ticket.")

But the infractions are an indicator of the driver’s financial responsibility, says Michael Barry, a spokesperson for the Insurance Information Institute. Insurers use credit scores to determine rates because they help show if someone manages their finances prudently, and such people are less like to file auto insurance claims, Barry says.

"Is this a person who manages their finances properly?" he says. "Is this a person who behaves legally in their state?"

The AAMVA notes that the list below is not comprehensive, but instead is a compilation of responses from 43 states and provinces regarding nondriving-related suspensions.

Offense       Jurisdiction

  • Abandoned vehicle NY
  • Advocate overthrow of government              NY
  • Altering, defacing signs/signals          SC
  • Assaulting a traffic officer     NY
  • Assembling/operating amusement park ride while intoxicated           TX
  • Auto/cargo theft      CA, GA, MN
  • Boating while intoxicated     TX
  • Bomb threat/volatile chemical           MI, NY, TX
  • Bounced/bad check                AR, CO, FL, LA, ME, MD, MN, NB, RI, UT, VT
  • Buy/sell liquor without a license        AZ
  • Child in need of services                       NH
  • Controlled substances           AR, GA, IN, IA, MI, MN, MT, NY,OR, PA, TN,TX, UT, VA
  • Department of Health overpayment               TX
  • Dispensing gas to a dirt bike                MD
  • Failure to appear/comply/pay  (nonmoving violations)           AZ, AR, CT, FL, HI, ID, IA, LA, ME, MI, MT, NB, NH, NF, OR, SK, TX, UT, VA, WI, WV
  • Failure to complete education program         CT, SC, TX, VT
  • Failure to obtain hack license              NY
  • Failure to pay alimony            NE
  • Failure to pay child support AZ, AR, CA, CO, CT, FL, GA, HI, ID, IL, IN, IA, LA, ME, MD, MI, MN, MO, MT, NB, NH, NM, NY, NF, ND, OH, ON, NT, NE, OR, PA, SK, SD, TN, TX, UT, VT, SC, VA, WA, WI, WY, WV
  • Failure to pay parking violation(s)     IL, MI, MN, RI
  • Failure to pay tax     LA, OR, SC, VT
  • Failure to pay tolls   IL, ME
  • Failure to submit to genetic test        FL
  • False public alarm    VT
  • Felony          MT
  • Fictitious plate/registration/inspection          CT, TX
  • Flying while intoxicated         TX
  • Fraud/misuse of a driver’s license    AR, CA, CO, FL, GA, ID, LA, MI, MN, MT, NB, ND, OR, PA, RI, SK, SD, UT, WA, WI, WV
  • Fuel piracy/theft      AR, CO, FL, GA, IL, IN, IA,LA,  MD, MI, MN, MO, MT ND, OH, OR, PA, SC, TN, TX, UT, WA, WV
  • Handicap space/placard violation      AR, IL
  • Immigration/visa expiration                MN, TX
  • Identity theft             CT
  • Littering / from a motor vehicle         AR, OR
  • Minor - alcohol possession/consumption      AR, CA, CO, CT, GA, ID, IN, IA, MD, MI, MT, NH, NM, OH, OR, PA, RI, SC, SD, TN, TX, UT, VT, VA, WA, WI
  • Minor - controlled substances            CA, IA, WA
  • Minor – using false ID to purchase alcohol    IN, MD, MI, NY, TN, TX, VT, VA
  • Minor – possession of a firearm        AZ, CA, FL, VA, WA
  • Minor – tobacco violation     OR, TX, VT
  • Minor in a bar            UT
  • Open container/possession - passenger       FL, IL, MI, MN, NM
  • Outstanding U.S. District Court citation          MD
  • Parental withdrawal               CO, GA, IA, MN, ND, TX, VT, MO, MT, SC, UT
  • Perjury         OH
  • Prostitution/solicitation/failure to appear at john school       CA, FL, SK
  • Providing false information to law enforcement        MI
  • Public intoxication/consumption       IA, TX
  • Sell/buy alcohol to/for a minor          MN, SD, TX, VT, VA, WY
  • Sex offender violation           NH, TX
  • Soliciting with HIV    OH
  • Solid waste burning                VT
  • Theft             FL
  • Tow truck driver graft            CA
  • Truancy/failure to attend school       AZ, CA, GA, ID, IL, IA, LA, NM, OH, OR, PA, TX, VA, WI, WV
  • Unattended child in a running auto  WA
  • Unpaid college/student loan              IA, MT
  • Unruly child /juvenile suspension     OH
  • Use of motor vehicle to distribute tobacco   ON, QB
  • Vandalism/graffiti    CA, FL, TX
  • Weapon/threat in school     AR, IN, IA, OH, OR, PA, TN, VA

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8 Responses to "59 ways to lose your license: A list"

    Texting and/or being on the phone while driving should be added! There are so many accidents because this is allowed in many states.

  2. Bert Smith

    Why isn't Delaware listed as prescribing penalties for any of these offenses?

  3. william lee

    You will not lose your license but you can receive a ticket or maybe be arrested in Pascagoula, Mississippi for fishing from horseback on Main Street.

  4. TyBryant

    Add Virginia as a state that can suspend your driving rights if you fail to pay a parking ticket. I got suspended for a simple ticket that I had no idea I got, but after talking to the judge it was lifted.

  5. bob okerfelt

    How come Massachusetts isn't listed anywhere? A lot of these laws apply here.

  6. Barry

    I can see using a credit rating for a new insured person (less than 5 years). However, if a person has been with the same insurance agency for over 30 years, the company should use past performance for setting rates.

  7. Richard

    Lost my license in Virginia for failure to show proof of dog vaccinations (they wouldn't accept out-of-state proof).

  8. Rao

    I just realized you can get your license suspended for moving out-of-state without informing the VA DMV.