No California License Suspension for Non-Vehicle Related Crimes

New Law Stops Suspension for Non-Vehicle Related Crimes

Since January 1, 2020, a Californian law stops courts from suspending or restrict a person’s driver’s license for some offenses that are non-vehicle related.

It includes offenses related to:

  • Vandalism
  • Controlled substance or alcohol use, possession, or related conduct
  • Firearm use

Under this Californian law, the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) may not delay licensure for a person convicted of such crimes, including a minor convicted of unlawful possession or use of a firearm.

Offenses Involving a Vehicle

Regardless of whether a vehicle was involved or not, the court or DMV can no longer suspend (or delay) a license for:

  • A conviction of soliciting or engaging in prostitution or specified lewd or dissolute conduct.
  • A conviction related to possession, purchase, sale, or transport of controlled substances.

Other vehicle-related offenses, such as driving under the influence (DUI), are not covered by this new law and will still have severe consequences, including license suspension or revocation.

Read more in the California Driver Handbook.

2023 California Driver Handbook

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