The Washington Department of Licensing (DOL) will seek to suspend or revoke an individual’s driving privilege if they provide a breath or blood sample equal to or greater than the legal limit, or if they refuse to submit to a breath or blood test. This DUI license suspension is an administrative action against the driving privilege, and the licensing penalties vary depending upon the circumstances.
The suspension or revocation will occur automatically unless an administrative hearing is requested by the individual arrested for DUI. DOL will only initiate this proceeding against the following individuals:
Individuals age 21 or older:
- If an individual provides an evidentiary breath or blood sample equal to .08 or higher; or
- If an individual refuses to submit to the evidentiary breath or blood test.
Individuals under the age of 21:
- If a minor provides an evidentiary breath or blood sample equal to .02 or higher; or
- If a minor refuses to submit to the evidentiary breath or blood test.
If an individual is arrested for DUI, and does not qualify in the scenarios above there will not be an administrative action against their driver license. For example, individuals age 21 and above can be arrested for DUI and taken to the police station for a breath or blood test. If they submit and provide a sample below the legal limit of .08 there will not be an administrative action against their driver license.
If an individual falls under one of the above categories it is their responsibility to request an administrative hearing. The hearing request must be made within 20 days of the DUI arrest. Failure to request a hearing within 20 days will result in an automatic license suspension. The police officer should provide the administrative hearing request form during the arrest process, or you can download the Administrative Hearing Request form.