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Alcohol and Drug Suspensions

This section provides the Registry of Motor Vehicles' policies related to alcohol or drug suspensions/revocations.

A suspension prohibits you from operating any motor vehicle in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. In Massachusetts, the term "suspension" is used interchangeably with the term "revocation."

Reasons for suspension/revocation may or may not include violations involving a motor vehicle. These suspensions/revocations may affect your learner's permit, driver's license/right to operate, and/or registration. Suspension periods vary in length, dependent upon the statutory requirements governing the violation. Indefinite suspensions are those that remain on a learner's permit, driver's license/right to operate, and/or registration until you meet the necessary requirements to release the suspension.

Certain serious offenses may result in a lifetime suspension.