New Hampshire Auto Driving Laws
License Suspension and Revocation
263:54 Revocation and Suspension for Nonresidents.
In accordance with New Hampshire driving law, the director may suspend or
revoke the right of any nonresident owner or driver to drive or have driven in
this state, any motor vehicle, for the same causes and under the same conditions
that he can take like action against resident owners and drivers in this
263:55 Revocation for Third Offense.
Upon a third or subsequent conviction in the same calendar year of a
violation of this title, the director may forthwith revoke the license of the
person so convicted, and no new license shall be issued to such person for at
least 30 days after the date of such revocation.
263:56 Authority to Suspend or Revoke License.
I. In addition to any other authority provided by New Hampshire driving law,
the director is hereby authorized to revoke or suspend any license, permit or
certificate issued under this title after a hearing upon a showing by its
records or other sufficient evidence that the driver:
(a) Has committed an offense against New Hampshire traffic laws for which
mandatory revocation of license is required upon conviction;
(b) Has been convicted with such frequency of serious offenses against
traffic regulations governing the movement of vehicles as to indicate a
disrespect for New Hampshire traffic laws and a disregard for the safety of
other persons on the highways;
(c) Is an habitually reckless or negligent driver of a motor vehicle, as
established by the point system set up pursuant to paragraph II, by a record of
accidents, or by other evidence;
(d) Is incompetent to drive a motor vehicle by reason of physical, mental or
moral impairment. For purposes of this paragraph, under New Hampshire driving
law a license suspension or revocation on the basis of moral impairment shall be
predicated only upon a conviction of a crime involving moral turpitude;
(e) Has fraudulently or unlawfully used, permitted to be used, altered,
displayed, or manufactured a license, has in his possession an altered or false
license, or has been convicted of any New Hampshire driving law offense
specified under RSA 263:12;
(f) Has violated his written promise to appear given to an officer upon the
issuance of a traffic citation in this or any other state or has failed to
appear in court in this or any other state at the time specified by the
(g) Has by reckless or unlawful operation of motor vehicle caused or
materially contributed to an accident resulting in death or injury to any other
person or serious property damage; or
(h) Is a hazard to the public safety as evidenced by proper evidence or
information received from a law enforcement agency of misconduct or misuse or
abuse of driving privileges under New Hampshire driving law.
II. For the purpose of identifying habitually reckless or negligent drivers
and habitual or frequent violators of traffic regulations governing the movement
of vehicles, the director shall, in accordance with New Hampshire driving law,
adopt rules pursuant to RSA 260:5 establishing a uniform system assigning
demerit points for convictions of violations of this title.
The rules shall include a designated level of point accumulation which so
identifies drivers. under New Hampshire driving law, the director may assess
points for convictions in other states of offenses which, if committed in this
state, would be grounds for such assessment.
Under New Hampshire driving law, notice of the assessment of points may be
given in accordance with rules adopted by the director.
No points shall be assessed for violating a provision of this title
regulating standing, parking, equipment, size or weight. However, points may be
assessed for convictions involving abandoned vehicles as provided in RSA
262:40-c, and points may be assessed against any person who is found by the
director to have abandoned a vehicle and who has not satisfied the reasonable
costs of removal and storage.
In case of the conviction of a licensee of 2 or more violations of New
Hampshire traffic laws committed on a single occasion, such licensee shall be
assessed points for one offense of New Hampshire driving law only and if the
offenses involved have different point values, such licensee shall be assessed
for the offense having the greater point value.
Under New Hampshire driving law, the director is authorized to suspend or
revoke the license of a driver when his driving record identifies him as an
habitually reckless or negligent driver or an habitual or frequent violator
under this section.
The director may, in accordance with rules adopted pursuant to this section,
order the licensee to attend a group or private driver improvement interview
regarding his driving ability and record.
II-a. Notwithstanding RSA 605:6 or any other provision of New Hampshire
driving law to the contrary, any conviction for an offense against New Hampshire
traffic laws which is used as a basis for suspension or revocation of a license
under this section and which involves a plea of nolo contendere shall be treated
in the same manner as a conviction which involves a guilty plea for the purpose
of assessing demerit points under paragraph II.
III. The director shall not revoke or suspend a driver's license under the
provisions of this section for a period in excess of one year except:
(a) In the case of a person whose license is suspended or revoked pursuant to
RSA 263:56, I(g) the director may suspend or revoke a license for not more than
(b) In the case of a person whose license is suspended or revoked pursuant to
RSA 263:56, I(d) by reason of physical or mental impairment the director may
suspend or revoke a license indefinitely provided that the person may request a
hearing once every year thereafter for the purpose of reviewing the original
IV. In proceedings concerning accidents involving motor vehicle fatalities or
serious injury, the director, in accordance with New Hampshire driving law,
shall not give weight to the lack of a criminal prosecution relative to the
accident in making his decision concerning license suspension or revocation.
In any hearing conducted under the provisions of this section regarding a
fatality, the decedent's next of kin shall receive notice of the hearing, shall
have the right to be present at the hearing, and shall be permitted to testify
at the hearing.
In any hearing conducted under the provisions of this section regarding a
serious injury, any seriously injured person shall receive notice of the
hearing, shall have the right to be present at the hearing, and shall be
permitted to testify at the hearing.
The decedent's next of kin or any seriously injured person, if aggrieved by
the director's order, shall have standing under RSA 263:76 to file a petition of
review in the superior court for review of the questions of law in the
If an appeal is made under RSA 263:76 concerning an accident involving a
motor vehicle fatality or serious injury, the decedent's next of kin or any
seriously injured person shall be notified of the filing of the appeal and the
date of the appeal hearing and shall have the right to make a written statement
to the court at the time of the hearing.
In accordance with New Hampshire driving law, the director shall be deemed to
have complied with this paragraph provided that he has notified by certified
mail with return receipt requested the seriously injured person or at least one
of the next of kin who is, if possible, of the age of majority and listed in RSA
259:66-a and who has been identified as a result of a review of division records
or of information made known to the division.
V. In accordance with New Hampshire driving law, the director shall adopt
rules as part of the point system required by paragraph II, establishing lesser
point totals for suspension or revocation of driver's licenses of younger
drivers including separate categories for drivers who are under the ages of 21
and 18, respectively.
For More Information
New Hampshire Department of Transportation