Revocation of your drivers license and what it means

Good afternoon, ladies and gentlemen. My name is Mark Rollins. I’m a criminal attorney, practicing here in Washington, DC. I work at the law firm of Rollins and Chan. Today we’re discussing the revocation of your license in the District of Columbia. Now, that ‘s different than the suspension of your license. Suspension is a temporary withdrawal of your license. Revocation is a permanent losing of your license. Now, what happens typically on revocations, it happens when you’ve accrued more than 12 points on your license of moving violations. Your typical revocation occurs after one has been convicted of DUI, DWI, OWI, as well as certain possessory offenses. Possession of certain narcotics could cause you to lose your license. Now, first offense for revocation of your license is six months. That means that you’re going to lose your license of six months upon conviction of DWI, OWI, or DUI. So, you will lose your license for six months. Now, in order to get your license back after you’ve been convicted of DUI, DWI, or OWI, you have to petition, or request a hearing to be reinstated. The DMV hearing examiner is going to request that you provide proof that you’ve completed a city-certified drug and alcohol program. That means that you have to have a certificate that you have completed a program. Now, most of these city-wide programs are approved by APRO, the Addiction and Prevention Recovery Administration, and you can go down there and they have a list of programs that will qualify for you to get your license back under their programs. So, after you request that hearing, you will then be allowed to sit of the exam again. So, revocation of your license, you have to start all over again and don’t forget to pay your $98. That’s really big with the DC government, make sure they get the $98 to be reinstated. But to be reinstated, you’d have to take your exam all over again. So, the losing of a license is being convicted of one of those offenses that automatically triggers that. There are no occupation or limited licenses if you’ve been convicted of DUI, OWI, or possession of illegal drugs. I hope that helps, and again, you can always seek out more information from us, or you can give us a call and we can discuss this in more detail about your revocation of your license and how to get it back.