If arrested for a DUI in Washington State you have 20 days from the date of arrest to contest the your license suspension.
The request must be made in writing or through the www.dol.com website. You may use the form given to you by the the arresting officer or download one from the DOL website. The DOL hearing request must include the petitioner’s full name, mailing address, Phone number, Date of birth and River’s license number. If the petitioner has retained an attorney, then the attorney’s name and contact information. Along with the request it is necessary to include a check for $375 unless it can be shown the petitioner is indigent. The request must be mailed before the 20 day period passes. It might be wise to certify the mailing so that the petitioner has proof that it was sent timely. Another, tip is to consider mailing the request towards the end of the 20 day period, given that the DOL has only 60 days to hold the hearing.
Once the DOL hearing request form is received the petitioner or the petitioner’s attorney will receive a letter in the mailing containing the DOL exhibits (police report) and the date and time of the hearing. The hearing will be telephonic. If a continuance is needed it must be made at least 2 business days prior to the hearing and the DOL will require a 60 waiver to be signed by the petitioner or the attorney.
if the request is not made within the 20 days or the proper procedures were not followed it will be deemed that the petitioner has waived the right to a Washington Department of Licensing hearing. If the hearing is waived or unsuccessful the petitioner’s drivers license will be suspended for 90 days assuming it is a first offense.
To driving during the suspension the petitioner will have to:
- Complaint a Ignition interlock license (IIL) application and pay a fee,
- Have the Ignition Interlock Device (IID) installed in the petitioner’s vehicle. and
- Obtain SR-22 insurance
If the above three requirements are met and filed with DOL the petitioner should be granted a Washington State Ignition Interlock License allowing them to drive during the suspension period.