Underage Operators

Pursuant to Massachusetts General Laws Chapter 90 Section 24P, the Registry of Motor Vehicles (RMV) places a Youth Alcohol Program (YAP) suspension/revocation on an underage operator's permit/license or right to operate when, after being arrested for Operating Under the Influence, he/she either refused to submit to a chemical test or failed a breathalyzer test. This suspension/revocation is in addition to any penalty imposed for the chemical test refusal, breathalyzer failure, or the charge of Operating Under the Influence.

Multiple suspensions/revocations resulting from an alcohol-related violation will be served consecutively. This means the suspension generated as a result of refusing or failing a breathalyzer test will be served in its entirety before the Youth Alcohol Suspension is served, and the suspension resulting from a conviction or program assignment for Operating Under the Influence will begin after those suspensions are complete.

A court disposition of "Not Guilty" or a "Dismissal" on the charge of Operating Under the Influence does not automatically make you eligible to reinstate a chemical test refusal suspension or a Youth Alcohol Suspension. These suspensions are mandated by law, and must be served in their entirety unless you obtain a court order to reinstate the chemical test refusal suspension. The court cannot order reinstatement of the Youth Alcohol Suspension. The only relief from this action is enrollment into the Youth Alcohol Program.

Youth Alcohol Program Suspension as a Result of a Chemical Test Failure or Refusal

Suspension periods differ depending on whether you are under age 18 or aged 18 to 20.

Violation: Suspension Period Reduction for 24D Driver Education Program Reduction if a previous Youth Alcohol Program Suspension is on a customer's driving record Governing Law
Driver under 18 fails or refuses a chemical test 1 year suspension 6 month suspension None Massachusetts General Laws Chapter 90 Section 24P
Driver aged 18-20 6 month suspension 6 month suspension None Massachusetts General Laws Chapter 90 Section 24P

The Youth Alcohol Program suspension/revocation cannot be reduced if you have been previously arrested for, or charged with, an Operating Under the Influence violation or Motor Vehicle Homicide. The Youth Alcohol Program suspension/revocation will be re-imposed in its entirety if you fail to complete the Youth Alcohol Program.

Providing Proof of Youth Alcohol Program Entry to the RMV

To be eligible to reduce or waive the suspension/revocation, you must provide proof of entry into the Youth Alcohol Program to a Hearings Officer. Refer to the list of Hearing Hours and Locations.

Credit toward the reduction or waiver of the YAP should be given even if the suspension for the YAP has been served in full.

Youth Alcohol Program Suspension as a Result of a Conviction of Certain Offenses

Pursuant to Massachusetts General Laws Chapter 90 Section 24P(b), if you are under the age of 18 at the time of violation and did not incur a suspension under Massachusetts General Laws Chapter 90 Section 24P(a), you will incur a suspension if convicted of any of the following:

Conviction for: 1st Conviction 2nd or Subsequent Conviction
Any offense listed under Massachusetts General Laws Chapter 90 Section 24 180 day suspension 1 year suspension
Motor Vehicle Homicide under Massachusetts General Laws Chapter 90 Section 24G 180 day suspension 1 year suspension
Operating Under the Influence Serious Injury under Massachusetts General Laws Chapter 90 Section 24L 180 day suspension 1 year suspension
Possession of an Open Container of Alcohol under Massachusetts General Laws Chapter 90 Section 24I 180 day suspension 1 year suspension

Unlike suspensions imposed by Massachusetts General Laws Chapter 90 Section 24P(a), these suspensions cannot be reduced as a result of entry into the first offender's 24D Driver Education Alcohol program.

Hardship License Eligibility

An underage operator with a Youth Alcohol Program suspension is not eligible to apply for a hardship license for the length of the suspension period.