OVI, DUI, OWI, DWI: What’s The Difference?

Drunk driving laws are determined by each individual state. The legal limit for drinking and driving in all 50 states is .08 blood alcohol content (BAC), with the exception of Utah, where it is .05.  Aside from that fact, the name of the offense and other specifics in each state differ.

Which charge did you receive?

  • OVI = Operating a Vehicle while Intoxicated
  • OMVI = Operating a Motor Vehicle while Impaired
  • DUI = Driving Under the Influence
  • DUII = Driving Under the Influence of Intoxicants
  • DUII-CS = Driving Under the Influence of Intoxicants: Controlled Substances
  • OWI = Operating While Intoxicated
  • DWI = Driving While Intoxicated
  • OUI = Operating Under the Influence of intoxicating liquor
  • DWAI = Driving While Ability Impaired
  • ADWI = Aggravated Driving While Intoxicated

All of these acronyms mean the same thing — that the person driving was suspected of doing so while impaired by alcohol and/or drugs.

Here is a quick chart by state of the relevant abbreviations:

State
Impaired Driving Charge Abbreviation
DUI
DUI
DWI
DUI
DUI
DUI
DUI
Delaware
DUI
DUI
DUI
Hawaii
DUI
OWI
DUI
DUI
OWI
DUI
DUI
DWI
OUI/DUI
DUI
Maine
OUI
OWI
DWI
DWI
DUI
DUI
DWI
North Dakota
DUI
DUI
New Hampshire
DWI
DWI
DWI
Nevada
DUI
New York
DWI
OVI
DUI
DUII
DUI
DWI
DUI
DWI
DUI
DWI
DUI
DUI
DUI
DUI

 

Most states require a hardship license or an ignition interlock restricted license after you install your IID.   Check our state requirements page for specific information on how to get your license back with an ignition interlock device (IID).  No matter what the charge is, if you need an ignition interlock (in car breathalyzer)  enroll with LifeSafer today.