Suspension Credit (or acknowledgment of your drivers license suspension)
One issue that hits a suspended driver the hardest is the requirement to turn in your license before the license suspension credit will start. PennDOT will send a letter prior to the suspension start date that indicates you must surrender your license so the clock will start on your license suspension time. Failure to turn in your license causes a loss of Suspension Credit!
This letter clearly states in BOLD font that “YOU MAY NOT RETAIN YOUR DRIVER’S LICENSE” and “YOU WILL NOT RECEIVE CREDIT TOWARD SERVING ANY LICENSE SUSPENSION UNTIL WE RECEIVE YOUR LICENSE(S)”
I sent my license to PennDOT and they said they never got it!
We suggest that every time you send a drivers license, restoration fee, DL-16LC, or any other important papers to PennDOT, you do so through a mail service that will get a signature and verify delivery. We can still fix this, and through our back credit petition process get you suspension credit for time you have already been suspended.
But….My license was confiscated by the police and I still have no suspension credit!
There are officers who do not know how to properly handle a license seizure! If they do not take the right steps when they surrender your license to PennDOT you will not get credit for the suspension time. We can help you with this lack of suspension credit through the filing of our petition to PennDOT.
I never got the letter telling me to turn in my license!
PennDOT is required to send the suspension letter to your last known address. They are not permitted to forward mail, or hunt you down. It is also possible that the drivers license suspension letter was not mailed to the proper location or lost. Because of these facts, it is common that the Official Notice of Suspension is not received. In this case it is important you contact License Restoration Services right away, we can look to see if everything was done properly and help with back credit in either case.
I never had a license in Pennsylvania, but I still have to wait over 2 years because of an underage drinking charge.
If you have never had a drivers license in PA or any other state, you are still required to acknowledge your suspension by submitting a DL-16LC or signed sworn letter to PennDOT. You will not get credit for suspension time until you turn in that form. Whatever your violation and however long your suspension, you must surrender that license or form.
I don’t live in Pennsylvania, I don’t have a license to surrender to start my suspension credit!
If you have never been licensed in Pennsylvania, and your home state is preventing you from renewing or getting a drivers license, you should call us right away. There are a lot of things to consider when working with an out of state license suspension. Due to the Driver License Compact your out of state notification and suspension credit requirements vary. We need to discuss your specific license suspension and build a plan on how to correct this suspension.
My license has been suspended for over 5 years and I still have to serve another 5 years of suspension!
There is no time limit on how long your license can remain suspended. If you don’t turn in all valid drivers licenses or an acknowledgment form, then the suspension will last forever! Suspension credit does not start just because time has passed. It takes some action on your part to get suspension credit to start and get to the end of your suspended license.
DO NOT IGNORE THE PROBLEM! IT WILL NOT GO AWAY ON ITS OWN!
LET US HELP AND GET YOU DRIVING AGAIN!
Suspension credit is different from an indefinite suspension.
For more information on indefinite or other suspension that go on forever please see below.
Since every situation is different, please send us an email or give us a call with your specific situation.
You have the option of sending the Department of Transportation an “Acknowledgment of License Suspension” form is you have lost your drivers license or if you had any other products. (Update Cards, Motorcycle Permits, Address Change Card, or Duplicate License Cards)