To avoid having your driver's license suspended, cancelled or revoked, a vehicle driver must follow all Idaho road rules and traffic laws. Keep in mind that every traffic citation and ticket you receive and admit guilty to will appear on your driver's record. Depending on the number of points received within a given period of time, your driving privileges will be revoked. Moving violations will be assessed by one, two, three or four points — four points being the most severe.
Common Reasons for Drivers License Suspension
There are many reasons why an automobile driver in Idaho may have face a driving license suspension. However, the most common reasons are listed below:
- Delinquency court fees
- Driving under the influence
- No proof of insurance
- Failure to pay a traffic ticket
- Court-ordered revocation
- Insurance cancellation suspension
- Missing child support payments
- Missing insurance payments after an accident
- Defaulting on payments after an accident
- Court judgment following an accident
- Limitation on backing
- Stopping when traffic is obstructed
- Crossing fire house
- One-way highways
- Driving on highways created for traffic
- Driving on divided highways
- Driving through restricted access zones
- Starting a parked vehicle
- Coasting where prohibited
- Driving through a prohibited safety zone
- Driving improperly past a slow-moving vehicle
- Passing vehicles coming in the opposite direction
- Prohibiting passing on the right where prohibited
- Turning out of slow-moving vehicles
- Disobeying restricted use of neighborhood electric vehicles on the highway
- Disobedience to traffic direction
- Driving on the sidewalk
- Obstructing a driver's view or driving mechanism
- Reckless driving
- Not allowing emergency or law enforcement vehicles to move as authorized
- Not passing a stationary police or emergency vehicle with flashing lights properly
- Mishandling the approach of an authorized emergency police vehicle
- Following a fire truck
- Driving on the right side of the road - also known as the shoulder
- Overtaking a vehicle while driving in the right lane
- Further limitation on driving on left of center of highway
- Vehicle unsafely entering unmarked or uncontrolled intersection
- Vehicle improperly turns left
- Vehicle Improperly enter highway
- Unsafely driving through highway construction and maintenance
- Not following rules of position and method of turning
- Disobeying limitation on turning around
- Ignoring the signs of an oncoming train
- Not complying with rules of a railroad grade crossings
- Excessive speeding
- Refusal to give information on damage incited from an accident
- Leaving an accident you are involved in without giving aid
- Not reporting any damage to property with vehicle
- Overtaking and passing a stopped school bus
- Racing on a public highway
You will receive warning letters and risk suspension of your driver's license when:
- You accumulate eight to 11 points in a 12-month period.
- You accumulate 14 to 17 points in a 24-month period.
- You accumulate 20 to 23 points in a 36-month period.
Fortunately, the IDP allows Idaho residents to reduce their total number of points by enrolling in and successfully completing a Traffic Safety Education Course. To enroll, you must be offered to join at the time of a citation. Keep in mind that this option is available in certain counties, and is up to the discretion of the police officer that stopped you.
Available statwide is an alternative method for improving your driving skills and reducing the number of points: a Defensive Driving Course (DDC). You may enroll in a DDC before your license suspended - otherwise you will be too late - and successful completion will remove three points from your driving record in Idaho.
How to Reinstate a Suspended Drivers License in Person
Although the methods of reinstating suspended drivers licenses require different documentation, penalty fees and lengths of suspension, there is a general procedure you will have to follow to reinstate your license in Idaho:
- Allow the term of cancellation, suspension or revocation to pass.
- Pay any delinquency fees and penalty fines.
- Enroll and receive certification of complete for any driver improvement courses if required.
- Have shown proof of SR-22 insurance if required.