Department of Licensing Hearing Request Information
If you have been pulled over for DUI, after the arresting officer completes his arrest report, he will turn a copy into the Department of Licensing. The Department of Licensing will then start the process to suspend your driver's license for a certain period of time. The day you are cited for DUI, the clock starts ticking for you to request a hearing. You have 20 days from the date of your citation to request an administrative hearing from the Department of Licensing (DOL).
Why Request a DOL Hearing?
If you don't request a hearing with the DOL, they will suspend your license on a date they choose for a specific length of time – the length of time is dependent on your prior DUI history and whether or not you refused to provide a breath/blood sample (this does not include a Portable Breathalyzer Test (PBT), I am referring to the DataMaster machine at the station).
Click here to take a look at drivers license suspension lengths
Requesting a DOL Hearing
As long as you are still within the 20 days you can request an Administrative Hearing with the DOL by either requesting a hearing online or through the US mail.
You can request a DOL hearing online if you:
- Have a Washington State Driver's License,
- You took a breath test (not including PBT) at the station,
- It has been 20 days or less since your DUI citation.
You cannot request a DOL hearing if you:
- It has been more than 20 days since your citation,
- You provided a blood sample instead of a breath sample (you have to wait until the blood is tested).
Information you need to request a hearing online:
- Your Washington State driver's license,
- Your arrest date/date of violation (DOV),
- Your daytime phone number,
- A MasterCard, Visa, or American Express debit/credit card ($375)
Requesting via US Mail
If you are not able to request a hearing online, you will need to request a hearing via US Mail, in order to do this you should fill out the hearing request form and send it certified mail with return receipt with a $375 cashier's check/money order made out to “Department of Licensing,” and mail to Hearings and Interviews, Department of Licensing, PO BOX 9031, Olympia, WA 98507-9031. (Personal checks can get lost). Click here for the mail in form
Why send it certified mail with return receipt?
We suggest sending your request this way because you will receive confirmation once the DOL receives your request. If you send it regular mail, you will not receive confirmation and if the DOL states they never received your request, you will not have proof that they did. Its easier to request online and receive the confirmation number.
Letter of Suspension
You requested a hearing within 20 days
Despite you requesting a hearing, you will probably still receive a letter of suspension from the Department of Licensing. Read this letter very carefully. If you have already requested this hearing, and you have proof you requested (you printed your online confirmation or you have your return receipt from sending it certified mail) you can disregard this letter. This letter will tell you the date that your license would have been suspended on if you had not requested a hearing.
You did not request a hearing within 20 days
If you have not requested a hearing by the time you received this letter and you still have time to request the hearing, send in your request NOW.
If the 20 days has passed, the date of suspension on the letter is the date your driver's license will be suspended.
This can be a confusing process. If you have been pulled over for DUI and are not sure about the DOL hearing request process, it is important to speak with an experienced DUI attorney who can explain the consequences you will be facing.