A habitual traffic offender (HTO) is a driver who, within a 5-year period, has been:
The violations must have occurred within a 5-year period. If more than 1 of these offenses are committed within a 6-hour period, they’re only counted as 1 on the first occasion.
If you’re found to be a habitual traffic offender, your driver license will be revoked until it’s eligible to be reinstated.
If you meet requirements, you may request a hearing to stay (not impose) the revocation or to reinstate your driving privilege. All hearing requests must be submitted in writing.
If the offenses that led to the HTO were caused by drug or alcohol dependency, you may request a hearing to have your license revocation stayed (not imposed). A stay may be granted if:
Read the New Diagnostic Categories for Substance Use Disorders letter from DSHS for more information.
To request a stay hearing, complete a Habitual Traffic Offender Hearing Request and mail or fax it to us at:
You may qualify for a reinstatement hearing if:
If you’re incarcerated, you may request a hearing upon release if you meet the requirements listed above for either a reinstatement or stay hearing.
To request a reinstatement hearing, complete a Habitual Traffic Offender Hearing Request and mail or fax it to us at:
Individuals with a habitual offender revocation often have other issues with their driving privilege. All licensing issues must be resolved before we can issue a new license.
The instructions on this page only apply to a habitual traffic offender revocation. To learn how to resolve other types of driving suspensions or revocations, see Types of suspensions.