Across the United States there are many different ways to end up with a revoked drivers license. The most common ways to have your license suspended is either for too many multiple moving violations within a specific period of time or as a one of many punishments for a crime, such as DUI.
Often the words revoked and suspended are used interchangeably when it comes to a drivers license, although in some states which use both words, having your license revoked is more serious that having it suspended. Usually it takes more to reinstate a revoked license than a suspended license:
Most states utilize a points system that keeps track of a variety of different moving violations on your driving record, assigning a different "point value" to each offense. The higher the point value, the more serious the violation is.
Some states offer driver education and safety programs to their drivers which can reduce the number of points on their license or driving record.
Pennsylvania has an interesting points system, with tiered penalties based on points and even the age of the driver:
In Georgia, if you get convicted of an offense that carries a mandatory license suspension three times in a five year period, you will have your license revoked for 5 years.
Any moving violation on your driving record can have serious consequences if it can lead to higher insurance premiums and a suspension of your license. Always contact an attorney to defend you against a moving violation; some states allow certain violation to be pleaddown to lesser offenses. An attorney who specializes in traffic law can explain your options and help protect your driving privileges.