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What is an Immediate Threat Driver’s License Suspension?

Immediate Threat Driver's License Suspension

An immediate threat driver’s license suspension is when an officer files to suspend your driver’s license based on an incident.

Your driver’s license will be suspended immediately if the registry of motor vehicles (RMV) finds that your continued driving poses an immediate threat to public safety. This will generally come after a serious traffic violation.

An immediate threat driver’s license suspension is immediate and indefinite. This means you cannot drive as soon as you get the notice of suspension, and you won’t be able to drive until your license is reinstated. If you drive with a suspended license, you could be charged with driving with a suspended license and your bail could be revoked.

The good news is that a driver’s license suspension lawyer can work to reinstate your license and right to drive. You should contact a lawyer immediately because time is short.

Can I Appeal an Immediate Threat Driver’s License Suspension?

You have 30 days to request a suspension hearing at a local RMV.  Only certain RMV offices handle immediate threat driver’s license suspensions.

These hearings are walk-in – you cannot get an appointment. You must request this hearing in person at an RMV office. It’s important to get a driver’s license suspension attorney to help present your case at the RMV.

There are various RMV offices around Massachusetts where you can request the hearing.  Generally, Boston is the best place because they have the most hearing officers. Otherwise, you could have to get to the office early to get a hearing that day.

If the hearing officer at the RMV refuses to reinstate your license, you have 14 days to request that the Board of Appeals on Motor Vehicle Liability Policies and Bonds hear your case. This form can be delivered either in person to their office in South End Boston or mailed in.


If your license has been suspended because of immediate threat, contact a driver’s license suspension lawyer immediately to get started.

While my office is in Boston, I handle driver’s license suspension cases all over Massachusetts. Contact me today at (617) 295-7500, and let’s get started on your case.


Although I am an attorney, I am not your attorney.  Please do not rely on anything on this page as legal advice because any specific advice would depend on your situation.  Any results posted on this page are not guarantees of outcomes in your case.

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