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Financial Responsibility > Suspension/Revocations

The Bureau of Financial Responsibility administers and enforces motor vehicle statutes that have a direct effect on an individual's driving record history and the status of license/operating and vehicle registration privileges. The status of license/operating and vehicle registration privileges may be indicated as suspended/revoked as the result of conviction information being received from the courts or through administrative actions imposed by the Department of Safety, Bureau of Hearings or Division of Motor Vehicles.

Suspension/Revocation action may be imposed against the following:

  • License/Operating privileges.
  • New Hampshire registration privileges.
  • Commercial Driver License privilege.
  • School Bus Certificate.

In notices of pending suspension/revocation action(s) as well as confirmation/notification of suspension/revocation action are mailed to the mailing address on file with the NH DMV at the time the notice was generated. It is important that address changes are reported directly to the NH DMV. Please be advised that updating your address with the United States Postal Service will not result in the update of information on file with NH DMV.

Drivers Under Twenty (20) Years of Age

Violation/Conviction Suspension
Any violation/conviction Suspension for twenty (20) days*
2nd violation/conviction Suspension for forty-five (45) days*
3rd violation/conviction Suspension for ninety (90) days*

Note: The timed period of suspension imposed against drivers under the age of twenty (20) years is determined by the Bureau of Hearings following a review of driver's motor vehicle record. It should also be noted that a timed period of suspension imposed under this action cannot run concurrently with any other suspension.

Demerit Point Suspensions

License/operating privileges may be suspended/revoked as the result of your appearance at or the default of a demerit points hearing with the Bureau of Hearings. Please visit our "Demerit Points" page for more information.

Administrative License Suspension (ALS)

Refusal to Submit to a Chemical Test or Prior New Hampshire Refusals:
1st Offense Refusal with no prior DWI convictions Revocation for one hundred eighty (180) days
Prior record of Refusal to Submit or DWI conviction Revocation for two (2) years
Implied Consent - Failure of required testing:
1st Offense with no prior DWI convictions Revocation for one hundred eighty (180) days
Prior record of failure of require test(s) or DWI conviction Revocation for two (2) years

Convictions

Timed periods of suspension/revocation for certain convictions imposed against an individual's license/operating privileges include but are not limited to:

Driving While Intoxicated (DWI) - NH RSA 265-A:2 and 265-A:3:
1st Offense Revocation from ninety (90) days to two (2) years*
2nd Offense Revocation from ninety (90) days to two (2)years*
Driving While Under Influence of Drugs - NH RSA 265-A:2 and 265-A:3:
1st Offense Revocation from ninety (90) days to two (2) years*
2nd Offense Revocation from ninety (90) days to two (2) years*
Reckless Operation - NH RSA 265:79:
1st Offense Revocation from ninety (90) days to two (2) years*
2nd Offense Revocation from ninety (90) days to two (2) years*
Transporting Alcoholic Beverages - NH RSA 265-A:44:
1st Offense Suspended for sixty (60) days
2nd or Subsequent Offense Suspended up to one (1) year
Transportation/Possession of Drugs in Motor Vehicle - NH RSA 265-A:43:
Any conviction Revocation from sixty (60) days to two (2) years*

* Please note: Unless otherwise stated by the court, timed periods of suspension/revocation shall be imposed for the maximum period of time.

Habitual Offender: License/operating privileges and your registration privilege may be suspended/revoked as the result of your appearance at or the default of a Habitual Offender Hearing with the Bureau of Hearings.

Default Court Summons: This term represents failure to respond to or answer a traffic citation/ticket to the DOS-DMV or a court. The notice sent to you will confirm the whether you must contact the DMV or a Court. This information can be found in upper left hand corner of the notice.

State Reciprocity for Non-Commercial Driver License Operators

New Hampshire will suspend the license/operating privileges of an individual for unpaid out-of-state convictions or court defaults.

New Hampshire will suspend the license/operating privileges of an individual whose license/operating privileges have been suspended by another state.

New Hampshire will send conviction as well as suspension/revocation records to the home state of out-of-state drivers.

Disqualification of Commercial Driver License Privileges

The state is in compliance with the federally mandated disqualifications on Commercial Driver License Operators.


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