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My license was revoked in NY for DWI , I was eligible to get

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My license was revoked in NY for DWI , I was eligible to get it back in may, but was told and new law passed .If you have 3 or more convictions within 25 years they can deny me for 5 years, The law was passed in September of last year after my conviction but they said it was retro active....My question is , can I fight this I need my license for work, or if I move can I get a license in another state?
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I am very sorry for your situation. Can you please tell me whether or not your license has not been revoked (again), or, you are asking in case it would be?

This is not an answer, but an Information Request. I need this information to answer your question. Please reply, so I can answer your question. Thank you in advance.
Customer: replied 3 years ago.

My license was revoked last year, I was eligible to apply again in may of this year.

Thank you, W.

What you are talking about is the new law that states if one has:

In last 25 years, three or four alcohol/drugged driving related convictions or incidents + one Serious Driving Offense (SDO), they can result in permanent denial.

So it is not just three or more convictions, there needs to be another SDO as well. For the full law, see here.

Know that even if the license is restricted/denied, one can appeal the decision based on extenuating circumstances.

or if I move can I get a license in another state?

I am afraid not. The Driver License Compact has all states sharing information. If one member state voids the license, so will another state until the original member state lifts the voidance. All US states share major violation information at this time via the Driver License Compact. So if NY considers your license void, most likely another state will not grant one either.

I am sorry.

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Customer: replied 3 years ago.

Ok, I fall under , 3 alcohol related offense, one dwai which was told to me can be considered cough syrup and no sdo within 25 years? so Im a little cofused as to where I stand....Would needing my license for my present employment be a circumstance they would give me at least a restricted license?


List your convictions and the year please. Example:

1) DUI alcohol, 2002
2) DUI cough syrup, 2010

Customer: replied 3 years ago.

1996 DWAI

1997 DUI

2007 DWI

2011 blew under but charged with DWI because of prior and on probation.


Im a combat vet and didn't realize until Last year in treatment I had PTSD

Thank you, W.

A serious driving offense includes things like: a fatal crash, a traffic penal law conviction, an accumulation of 20 or more points assessed for driving violations within the last 25 years, or having two or more driving convictions each worth five points or higher.

Someone in your situation may very well fall into the permanent driving ban, I am afraid. However, the DMV will consider compelling or extenuating circumstances. One can apply for license still, and request consideration due to PTSD. An attorney is recommended, of course, for best results. In the end, it is the state's discretionary decision.

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