Suspensions, Revocations, Recalls & Disqualifications
NOTE: Vermont law does not provide for a "hardship license" or a "work license".
Definition of "suspension":
V.S.A. 23, Chapter 1, §4, (50)
"Suspension of license" means the withdrawal by formal action of the commissioner, for a specific period of time and until reinstatement by the commissioner, of a person's license or privilege to operate a motor vehicle on the public highways. The term also includes the refusal of the right of an unlicensed person to apply for a license.
Definition of "revocation":
V.S.A. 23, Chapter 1, §4, (49)
"Revocation of a license" means the termination by formal action of the commissioner of a person's license or privilege to operate a motor vehicle on the public highways whereby the license or privilege shall not be subject to renewal or restoration except upon an application for a new license presented to and acted upon by the commissioner after the expiration of the applicable period of time prescribed in this title. The term also includes the refusal of the right of an unlicensed person to apply for a license.
Explanation of "recall":
V.S.A. 23, Chapter 9, §607a
(a) A learner's permit or junior operator's license shall contain an admonition that it is recallable and that the later procurement of an operator's license is conditional on the establishment of a record which is satisfactory to the commissioner and showing compliance with the motor vehicle laws of this and other states. The commissioner may recall any license issued to a minor whenever he or she is satisfied, from information provided by a credible person and upon investigation, that the operator is mentally or physically unfit, or, because of his or her habits or record as to accidents or convictions, is unsafe to be trusted with the operation of motor vehicles. On recommendation of a diversion or reparative board, the commissioner may recall the learner's permit or junior operator's license of a person in a diversion or reparative program for up to 30 days. The commissioner shall also recall any learner's permit or junior operator's license for 90 days following a single speeding violation resulting in a three-point assessment or when a total of six points has been accumulated, or when an operator is convicted for a violation of section 678 of this title. When a learner's permit or junior operator's license is so recalled, it shall be reinstated upon expiration of a specific term, and, if required by the commissioner, when the person has passed a reexamination approved by the commissioner.
(b) When a license is recalled under the provisions of this section the person whose license is so recalled shall have the same right of hearing before the commissioner as is provided in 671(a) of this title.
(c) Except for a recall based solely upon the provisions of subsection (d) of this section, any recall of a license may extend past the operator's 18th birthday. While the recall is still in effect, that operator shall be ineligible for any operator's license.
(d) The commissioner shall recall a learner's permit or junior operator's license upon written request of the individual's custodial parent or guardian.
(e) Any recall period under this section shall run concurrently with any suspension period imposed under chapter 13 of this title.
Definition of "disqualification":
V.S.A. 23, Chapter 1, §4, (59)
"Disqualification" means a withdrawal of the privilege to drive a commercial motor vehicle.
Definition of "privilege to operate":
V.S.A. 23, Chapter 1, §4, (58)
"Privilege to operate" includes the privilege of a nonresident to operate a motor vehicle within the state and includes the privilege of a resident to obtain a license.
Definition of "operate":
V.S.A. 23, Chapter 1, §4, (24)
"Operate", "operating" or "operated" as applied to motor vehicles shall include "drive", "driving" and "driven" and shall also include an attempt to operate, and shall be construed to cover all matters and things connected with the presence and use of motor vehicles on the highway, whether they be in motion or at rest.