Bartis Law Offices, PLLC

447 Daniel Webster Highway

PO Box 1268

Merrimack, New Hampshire 03054

Phone: 603-420-8588

Fx (603) 420-8587

BBartis@BartisLaw.com

Motor Vehicle Laws in NH, MA & Maine

Bartis Law Firm is well aware of how important your NH driver license is. Losing this privilege can affect not only you but your family job and the people who depend on you. We have helped hundreds of clients keep from losing their license in New Hampshire, Massachusetts and Maine. If you are facing a motor vehicle offense then I urge you to call us for an initial consultation. You may be surprised at how we investigate these cases and how many options you might have.

NH Drivers Licensing Laws

Residents of New Hampshire are required to have a valid New Hampshire driver license to legally operate a vehicle in the state. Drivers moving to New Hampshire from another state must obtain a New Hampshire driver license within 60 days of establishing residency in New Hampshire. The DMV's Bureau of Driver Licensing administers all the tests required to obtain a driver license, whether an operator license, a commercial driver license, a motorcycle endorsement, a moped, a temporary license or a non-driver identification.

The Bureau of Financial Responsibility administers and enforces motor vehicle statutes that have a direct effect on an individual's driving record history and the status of license/operating and vehicle registration privileges. The status of license/operating and vehicle registration privileges may be indicated as suspended/revoked as the result of conviction information being received from the courts or through administrative actions imposed by the Department of Safety, Bureau of Hearings or Division of Motor Vehicles.

License Suspension/Revocation in NH

  • License/Operating privileges.
  • New Hampshire registration privileges.
  • Commercial Driver License privilege.
  • School Bus Certificate.

In notices of pending suspension/revocation action(s) as well as confirmation/notification of suspension/revocation action are mailed to the mailing address on file with the NH DMV at the time the notice was generated. It is important that address changes are reported directly to the NH DMV. Please be advised that updating your address with the United States Postal Service will not result in the update of information on file with NH DMV.

Driving Offenses Laws Under Twenty (20) Years of Age

Violation/Conviction

Suspension

Any violation/conviction

Suspension for twenty (20) days*

2nd violation/conviction

Suspension for forty-five (45) days*

3rd violation/conviction

Suspension for ninety (90) days*

Note: The timed period of suspension imposed against drivers under the age of twenty (20) years is determined by the Bureau of Hearings following a review of driver's motor vehicle record. It should also be noted that a timed period of suspension imposed under this action cannot run concurrently with any other suspension.

NH Demerit Point Suspensions

License/operating privileges may be suspended/revoked as the result of your appearance at or the default of a demerit points hearing with the Bureau of Hearings. For more information on demerit points Please visit "NH Demerit Points" page.

It’s important to attend this hearing! It better if you have a lawyer representing you.

What is ALS?

 Administrative License Suspension (ALS) Laws NH

Refusal to Submit to a Chemical Test or Prior New Hampshire Refusals:

1st Offense Refusal with no prior DWI convictions

Revocation for one hundred eighty (180) days

Prior record of Refusal to Submit or DWI conviction

Revocation for two (2) years

Implied Consent - Failure of required testing:

1st Offense with no prior DWI convictions

Revocation for one hundred eighty (180) days

Prior record of failure of require test(s) or DWI conviction

Revocation for two (2) years

 

Driving Convictions

Timed periods of suspension/revocation for certain convictions imposed against an individual's license/operating privileges include but are not limited to:

Driving While Intoxicated (DWI) - NH RSA 265-A:2 and 265-A:3:

1st Offense

Revocation from ninety (90) days to two (2) years*

2nd Offense

Revocation from ninety (90) days to two (2)years*

Driving While Under Influence of Drugs - NH RSA 265-A:2 and 265-A:3:

1st Offense

Revocation from ninety (90) days to two (2) years*

2nd Offense

Revocation from ninety (90) days to two (2) years*

Reckless Operation - NH RSA 265:79:

1st Offense

Revocation from ninety (90) days to two (2) years*

2nd Offense

Revocation from ninety (90) days to two (2) years*

Transporting Alcoholic Beverages - NH RSA 265-A:44:

1st Offense

Suspended for sixty (60) days

2nd or Subsequent Offense

Suspended up to one (1) year

Transportation/Possession of Drugs in Motor Vehicle - NH RSA 265-A:43:

Any conviction

Revocation from sixty (60) days to two (2) years*

* Please note: Unless otherwise stated by the court, timed periods of suspension/revocation shall be imposed for the maximum period of time.

Habitual Offender: License/operating privileges and your registration privilege may be suspended/revoked as the result of your appearance at or the default of a Habitual Offender Hearing with the Bureau of Hearings.

Default Court Summons: This term represents failure to respond to or answer a traffic citation/ticket to the DOS-DMV or a court. The notice sent to you will confirm the whether you must contact the DMV or a Court. This information can be found in upper left hand corner of the notice.

State Reciprocity for Non-Commercial Driver License Operators

New Hampshire will suspend the license/operating privileges of an individual for unpaid out-of-state convictions or court defaults.

New Hampshire will suspend the license/operating privileges of an individual whose license/operating privileges have been suspended by another state.

New Hampshire will send conviction as well as suspension/revocation records to the home state of out-of-state drivers.

Disqualification of Commercial Driver License Privileges

The state is in compliance with the federally mandated disqualifications on Commercial Driver License Operators.

Source: Division of Motor Vehicles NH

Contact us by phone or e-mail. We provide a free 30-minute initial consultation.

Bartis Law Offices 420-8588.
bbartis@bartislaw.com

 

Contact us by phone or e-mail. We provide a free 30-minute initial consultation.
Bartis Law Offices 603-420-8588
bbartis@bartislaw.com