Washington State Driver’s License Hearing

In Washington, before the Department of Licensing (DOL) revokes or suspends your license, you are entitled to request a hearing to dispute the suspension or revocation.

Common Reasons for a License Suspension

  • DUI
  • Reckless Driving
  • Vehicular Assault
  • Failure to Pay Traffic Tickets
  • Failure to Pay Child Support
  • Too Many Traffic Tickets

DUI License Hearing

If you are arrested and charged with a DUI, you should have been given paperwork telling you that you have 20 days to request a hearing to contest your license suspension.  You may only request a hearing if you have a Washington driver’s license and you did not refuse to take a breath test. DOL charges a non-refundable $375 for the hearing.  You can click here to request a hearing.

You are entitled to have a hearing within 60 days of your arrest date.  If you are not given a hearing in that time, you automatically win.  However, the DOL may deny your request for a hearing completely if you have not complied with their strict rules.  Common reasons the DOL with deny you a hearing include: not requesting one within 20 days of your arrest or not post marking your request in that time and not submitting your payment with your request.

At the hearing, the DOL officer will read the police report and may ask questions of the arresting officer, if the officer is present.  The hearing officer will determine whether the arresting officer had probable cause to stop your vehicle and whether the arresting officer followed the law during the course of your arrest and investigation.

If the DOL officer finds that the police officer followed the law and that you were sufficiently intoxicated while driving a vehicle, you will have your license suspended.  However, if your attorney can point out mistakes in the police investigation and evidence the DOL will not suspend your license.

While you wait for your DOL hearing, your license will not be suspended unless there is another reason for the DOL to do so.  You can check the status of your driver’s license with the DOL here.

Contact an Experienced DUI Attorney

DUIs and DOL hearings are complicated areas of the law.  If you are facing a DUI or you are facing a license suspension call our office or use our contact form.  There is no charge for contacting us and sitting down with us to discuss your case.