What is the difference between a suspended license and a revoked license?

My friend's license is suspended because they were driving without insurance. They said that if they get one more violation, their license could be revoked. What's the difference?

“In most states, a suspended license can either be a definite time frame or indefinite. When it’s definite, you need to wait until the time frame is over for your license to be reinstated.
When it’s suspended indefinitely, the DMV typically requires you to complete requirements to reinstate it. This can be paying a reinstatement fee or providing proof of insurance. You may also be required to carry SR22 car insurance.
When a license is revoked, there is no possibility of reinstatement. If there is a revocation period, you may be able to apply for a license once it has ended. However, you’ll typically need approval from the DMV before attempting to get your license back.
With car insurance, some companies will issue policies when you have a suspended license. If you have a revoked license, you’re unlikely to have any options due to the risk of insuring you.
If the state returns your license and you’re interested in getting a car again, don’t forget about your car insurance. It may be a bit more expensive, but using the Jerry app allows you to compare rates from over 50 insurers to get the best rate possible.”
Emily Maracle
Answered on Sep 10, 2021
Emily Maracle is a car insurance specialist living in New York. Originally from the Pacific Northwest, she has a degree in English Literature and a background in customer service. She enjoys cooking, gardening, and living sustainably. In the future, she can't wait to upgrade to a hybrid or electric car.

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