Types of driver’s licence suspensions in Ontario

Types of suspensions

You can lose your driver’s licence for many reasons — but every suspension is considered serious.
Your licence could be suspended:

  • at the side of the road (a roadside suspension)
  • a court could order a suspension
  • if you receive a suspension letter from the Ministry of Transportation

A court will order a suspension if you are convicted of violating certain driving-related laws.
Your driver’s licence could be suspended if you:

  • have alcohol in your blood
  • fail or refuse to give a breath sample when asked by police
  • break the graduated licensing rules for new (‘novice’) drivers
  • fail to insure your vehicle
  • fail to stop for a police officer and court believes that you tried to escape police
  • accumulate too many demerit points on your driving record
  • fail to attend a demerit point interview on your driving record
  • the result of a demerit point interview is unsatisfactory
  • fail to pay claim/court judgement
  • fail to attend the remedial measures program
  • fail to file a vision report
  • do not pay court-ordered child or spousal support
  • do not pay a traffic fine when ordered by a court
  • have a medical condition that a doctor believes could affect your ability to drive safely
  • are convicted of certain driving-related offences (e.g., careless driving, driving 50 km/h or more over the speed limit)

A court will order a suspension if you are convicted of violating certain driving-related laws.
Your driver’s licence could be suspended if you:

  • have alcohol in your blood
  • fail or refuse to give a breath sample when asked by police
  • break the graduated licensing rules for new (‘novice’) drivers
  • fail to insure your vehicle
  • fail to stop for a police officer and court believes that you tried to escape police
  • accumulate too many demerit points on your driving record
  • fail to attend a demerit point interview on your driving record
  • the result of a demerit point interview is unsatisfactory
  • fail to pay claim/court judgement
  • fail to attend the remedial measures program
  • fail to file a vision report
  • do not pay court-ordered child or spousal support
  • do not pay a traffic fine when ordered by a court
  • have a medical condition that a doctor believes could affect your ability to drive safely
  • are convicted of certain driving-related offences (e.g., careless driving, driving 50 km/h or more over the speed limit)

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