In every state, drivers who have been convicted of specified driving violations and other offenses may have their driving privileges suspended or revoked, in addition to other consequences. When the underlying offense is driving-related, the suspension is intended as a way to provide for safety on the public roads. When the triggering offense is not driving-related, the rationale is more indirect: suspending a driver’s license for a parent who owes child support is a powerful way to encourage payment.

Police may not stop you just because they suspect you’re driving without a valid license. They must have a valid reason to suspect that you are breaking another law, such as speeding or running a red light.