DUI Driver's License Suspensions
If you are convicted of a DUI, DMV will suspend your license for 6 months. If you are not convicted of a DUI in court, the DMV may suspend your driving privilege for 4 months if you are arrested for driving with a 0.08% or higher BAC if you don't request a hearing, or if you lose this hearing.
ADMINISTRATIVE SUSPENSIONSDMV will suspend your license for a minimum of four months following an administrative suspension. You must wait 30 days from the start of the license suspension before you are eligible to apply for a restricted license.
COURT-TRIGGERED LICENSE SUSPENSIONSIf you suffer a court conviction for a first-time DUI, DMV will impose a six-month license suspension pursuant to Vehicle Code 13352(a)(1). DMV, not the court, imposes this suspension. With the DUI court-triggered suspension, you can get a restricted license right away. If you suffer both court-triggered and administrative suspensions, you must wait 30 days from the start of the administrative suspension. Though not required, a judge MAY order the installation and maintenance of an IID as a condition of your probation, and is more likely to do so in cases involving an accident or injury, an excessively high BAC, or multiple DUIs.
AB 91- Los Angeles County, Alameda County, Sacramento County and Tulare CountyAB 91 established a pilot program for Los Angeles County, Alameda County, Sacramento County and Tulare County. If you are convicted of a DUI in any of these four counties, you will be required to install and maintain an ignition interlock device in every vehicle you own and/or operate before you can receive a restricted driver's license with unlimited driving privileges. The length of time you need to maintain the IID depends on whether you are convicted of a misdemeanor or felony, and whether it is your first, second, third or fourth DUI conviction. (A wet reckless will be considered a prior for these purposes.) If convicted of a first-time DUI, you are eligible for an IID-restricted license with unlimited driving privileges for the time periods listed below. Once the mandatory IID restriction periods end, you will have two options. Your first option is to have your IID removed by a certified installer. The DMV will automatically remove the IID restriction and impose a restriction that only allows you to drive to/from/during the course of your employment and to/from an alcohol treatment program, until your original DUI suspension period ends and you provide a Notice of Completion Certificate. Your second option is to request an extension of the IID restriction with unlimited driving privileges until your original DUI suspension period ends and you provide a Notice of Completion Certificate. You will be required to maintain the IID on your vehicle(s). Misdemeanor Ignition Interlock Device Requirements: First time offenders: 5 months (misdemeanor); 12 months (felony) Second time offenders: 12 months (misdemeanor); 24 months (felony) Third time offenders: 24 months (misdemeanor); 36 months (felony) Fourth time offenders: 36 months (misdemeanor); 48 months (felony) This pilot program will remain in effect until January 1, 2016.
AB 598SB 598 shortened the amount of time certain repeat DUI offenders have to wait before becoming eligible to apply for a restricted license. AB 598 applies in every county in California. To receive the restricted license, these drivers will be required to meet certain criteria, such as the installation of an IID in their vehicles. SB 598 shortens the amount of time certain repeat DUI offenders will have to wait before becoming eligible to apply for restricted California driving privileges. To receive the restricted license though, these drivers will be required to meet certain criteria, such as the installation of an interlock device in their vehicles. Though the below times may be longer depending on your specific case, to receive a restricted license you generally must wait: Second time offenders: the first 90 days of the one year suspension Third time offenders: 24 months (misdemeanor); 36 months (felony) Fourth time offenders: 36 months (misdemeanor); 48 months (felony)