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Driving under the influence (DUI) refers to operating a vehicle while affected by alcohol, drugs, or both. This applies to both legal and illegal drugs, including prescription medication and over-the-counter drugs.
There are 2 separate license suspensions or revocations for DUI:
We'll suspend your driver license unless:
If you don't request a hearing or the hearing examiner doesn't decide in your favor, your license will be suspended for 90 days to 2 years, depending on prior offenses and the severity of the incident. Your suspension will begin 30 days from the date of your arrest. For details, see Hearings, the Hearing Request Form provided by the arresting officer, or the letter we sent you.
If the hearing examiner decides in your favor, but the court still convicts you of DUI, your driver license will be suspended as a result of the court conviction. A hearing decision in your favor applies only to the suspension resulting from the arrest.
We may suspend your driver license for 90 days to 4 years, depending on prior offenses and the severity of the incident. The suspension will begin 45 days after we receive notice from the court showing you were convicted.
We'll give you credit for any suspension time resulting from your arrest. So if you already served a 90-day suspension for your arrest, that 90 days will be automatically credited toward the suspension time for the conviction.
You may ask us to review the accuracy of the information received from the court, but you can't request a hearing to contest a suspension resulting from a court conviction.
You may avoid more suspensions and fees if you meet the following:
While your driver license is suspended or revoked, you may get an Ignition Interlock Driver License (IIL) that will allow you to drive a vehicle equipped with an ignition interlock device for the period of your suspension or revocation.
It depends on several factors, including your blood alcohol content and whether you were involved in any previous DUI incidents. To learn how to reinstate your license, see the suspension letter we sent you or Learn how to reinstate your license online.
When you're convicted of a drug and/or alcohol related offense, you're required to get an Alcohol/Drug Assessment/Treatment Report from a Washington state certified agency. The report provides the following information:
Your certified counselor submits the form electronically. Your record will be updated once the form has been evaluated and will be processed in the order received.
A driver may be charged with DUI if:
When we're notified of your DUI, we:
Yes, but the reduced charge doesn't affect the suspension period resulting from your arrest. Any license suspension, revocation, or disqualification won't be reduced or changed even if a court reduces the criminal charge.
If you don't request a hearing or you lose the hearing, your commercial driver’s license (CDL) or commercial learner’s permit (CLP) will be disqualified under RCW 46.25.090. Disqualification means that you can't drive your commercial motor vehicle. This disqualification is automatic if you lose the hearing and is not an issue for the hearing.