There are many reasons why your driver’s license could be suspended in New Jersey including:
- A conviction for driving while intoxicated (DWI)
- A conviction for driving while suspended
- A conviction for driving without insurance
- A conviction for reckless driving (judge’s discretion)
- A conviction for speeding (judge’s discretion)
- Accumulation of 10-12 points on your New Jersey Driver’s License
- Failure to pay insurance surcharges
- Failure to appear in court
- Failure to pay court ordered fines and penalties
- A conviction for a marijuana or CDS offense
If your license is suspended in New Jersey, you must resolve these outstanding issues and get your license restored at DMV before operating a motor vehicle. This means that you have to wait for your suspension period to expire, pay all outstanding fines and penalties, and pay the $100.00 restoration fee at the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) to get your license restored.
I have an out of state license: Can New Jersey suspend my privileges?
Many clients have out of State licenses and get suspended in New Jersey. For example, if you are a resident of Pennsylvania and you have a Pennsylvania license and you are convicted of drunk driving in New Jersey, New Jersey can only suspend your driving privileges in New Jersey. New Jersey only has jurisdiction over the driving privileges in this State. However, the Interstate Compact permits New Jersey to notify all surrounding states of your driver’s license suspension in New Jersey. This means that Pennsylvania may be notified of the drunk driving conviction and suspension and may attempt to suspend your license in Pennsylvania as well. Remember though, Pennsylvania would have to send you notice of the suspension and when it will take effect. Until that time (if it ever even happens), your privileges in Georgia are not suspended, only your driving privileges in New Jersey are suspended for the suspension period.