Colorado Department of Revenue
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Revocation, Suspension, Denial and Cancellation Definitions


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Revocation:    A mandatory restraint action on a valid driver's license or driving privilege. A revoked license is invalid and cannot be re-issued. After reinstatement of your driving privilege you must re-test (both written and drive) to be issued a new license.

Suspension:    A temporary withdrawal of the driving privilege. A suspension is a restraint action but does not void the driver's license. A valid license may be re-issued upon reinstatement. A license that has expired must be renewed upon reinstatement. Point suspensions require a written test at renewal.


Denial:    A restraint action when no valid license exists at the time of restraint.


Cancellation/Denial:    Actions to void a Colorado license and deny the driving privilege. Reinstatement is required and passing of a written and a road test is mandatory.


Cancellation:    This action will void a valid Colorado license. A cancellation by itself is not a restraint action and does not require reinstatement if complied with in a timely manner. Another license/permit may be issued, unless the reason for cancellation is still outstanding.