Suspensions & Hearings: Discretionary / Public Safety Suspensions

Under MGL, c90, s22(a) the Registrar of Motor Vehicles has the authority to suspend or revoke your learner's permit, license, right to operate, or vehicle registration, in some instances without prior notice. In most cases, it is the local and state police that will notify the Registrar of an incident and request action. Below is a list and brief description of these types of suspensions and revocations:

Immediate Threat: If the Registrar determines that your operation of a motor vehicle poses an immediate threat to public safety, the Registrar can revoke your learner's permit, license, or right to operate immediately for an indefinite period.

Immediate Threat Medical: If the Registrar determines that you pose an immediate threat to public safety because you have a medical condition which hinders your ability to operate a motor vehicle safely, the Registrar can suspend your learner's permit, license, or right to operate immediately for an indefinite period.

Complaint Medical: A person with a medical condition that may affect a driver's ability to safely operate a motor vehicle.

Complaint of Improper Operation: Pending a court hearing, law enforcement may request the Registry's support in removing a driver from the roadways.

Complaint Fraud License: You were found to have used false information and/or documentation to obtain a driver's license or you were caught using a fake ID.

Complaint General: Miscellaneous police complaint.

Complaint Regulatory: Action used by the Registry to notify a person of a scheduled hearing.

The RMV is required to send a suspension notice to the address of record. In some cases, this notice will require that you see a Hearings Officer who will review the complaint and take appropriate action. See the Hours and locations of Suspension Hearing sites section for more information.

If the offense is license fraud, you will be required to resolve the matter with the Registry's Enforcement Services Division. To make an appointment, please call 857-368-9500.


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