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My License is Suspended/Revoked Because I Had a DWI/DUI
There are at least four ways that a DWI can result in the suspension or revocation of your license, and it can get pretty confusing. It's important to know which of the three ways are causing the hold on your license before moving forward. The way they are listed on your driving record will help.
2) Administrative Alcohol Suspension--This is the suspension that occurs if you were pulled over for DWI and you blew over .08% (or .02% and you were under 21 years of age). When this happens, the arresting officer seizes your license and gives you a 15 day driving permit. If you did not exercise your option to appeal the suspension by sending in a request for a hearing, OR if you had a hearing and lost, you will have an Administrative Alcohol Suspension for 90 days (or one year if you have had more than one Administrative Alcohol Suspension in a five year period).
For First Time Administrative Alcohol Suspensions-- you will be completely ineligible to drive for the first 30 days unless you opted for immediate restricted driving privileges with the use of an IID. If you file an SR-22 within the first 30 days, you will be eligible for a Restricted Driving Privilege for the remaining 60 days of your suspension. You must complete Satop and pay a $45 reinstatement fee to have your full license reinstated.
If You have Had a Prior Administrative Alcohol Suspension MORE THAN 5 years ago-- you will be completely ineligible to drive for the first 30 days unless you opted for immediate restricted driving privileges with the use of an IID. If you file an SR-22within the first 30 days AND have an IID installed on your vehicle, you will be eligible for a Restricted Driving Privilege for the remaining 60 days of your suspension. You must complete Satop and pay a $45 reinstatement fee to have your full license reinstated. Your IID device must remain installed on your vehicle for at least six months.
If You have had a prior Administrative Alcohol Suspension LESS THAN 5 years ago
-Your license will be revoked for one year and you will not be eligible for restricted driving privileges. After 45 days you may be eligible for a Limited Driving Privilege with proof of an installed IID
3) Refusal Revocation--if you were pulled over upon suspicion of DWI and you refused to blow (submit to a blood alcohol test), and you did not hire an attorney to fight the revocation, your license will be revoked for one year. After 90 days, you may be eligible for limited driving privileges if you file an SR-22and install an IID on your vehicle
In order to have your full license reinstated at the end of the one year period, you must complete Satop pay a reinstatement fee, and retake the complete driver exam.
What is SATOP: SATOP stands for Substance Abuse Traffic Offender Program, and is an intervention program designed to educate offenders. SATOP consists of an evaluation phase and a treatment phase. You can find more information about SATOP here. There are a number of providers located throughout the state. A list of providers is available here
What is IID (Ignition Interlock Device)?: IID is a device installed on your vehicle which requires the driver to submit a breath sample for blood alcohol analysis before the vehicle will start. Certain Limited Driving Privileges will only be granted with proof of installation of an IID device, and sometimes IID is required for full reinstatement of your license. Sometimes IID requirements will also call for GPS tracking. If you need to have IID installed on your vehicle, our office will be happy to refer you to a provider in your area.
What is SR-22?: An SR-22 form is proof of insurance that your Auto Insurance Agent files with the state to guarantee coverage for a certain period of time (usually the requirement is 2 years). You can use your regular auto insurance agent or can use a completely separate agent for SR-22 insurance.
Now that you've taken care of your Alcohol Related Suspension holds, you're ready to move on.
If there are other types of holds on your license, visit the corresponding link below
- My license is suspended/revoked because of Failures to Appear (FTAs)--I missed a court date
- My license is suspended/revoked because I have too many points
- My license is suspended/revoked for a health reason
- My license is suspended/revoked because of a Motor Vehicle Accident Judgment against me
- My license is suspended/revoked for an Abuse and Lose action
- My license is suspended/revoked because I'm behind on child support
- I'm on a 5 or 10 year denial
If there are no other types of holds on your license, you're ready to deal with your current Driving While Suspended/Revoked ticket