Administrative License Revocation Laws and Restricted Licenses

What are Administrative License Revocation Laws?

Administrative License Revocation (ALR), also known as Administrative License Suspension (ALS), is when your driver license is confiscated at the time of a DUI/DWI. The officer can take your license on the spot if you fail or refuse to submit to a certain sobriety tests (including blood, breath and/or urine testing).

Drivers are given a notice of suspension at that time, which in some states also serves as a temporary permit to drive. Depending on the state, this permit may be valid for 7 to 90 days, during which time the suspension may be challenged at a hearing. If there is no challenge or if the suspension is upheld, the license is suspended from 7 to 180 days, depending on state law. Longer suspensions are mandated for repeat offenders and drivers who decline testing.

ALR laws are civil administrative processes unrelated to criminal court proceedings and are generally handled through the State’s Department of Motor Vehicles.

They do not replace criminal prosecution, which is handled separately through the courts.  Depending on the jurisdiction, additional consequences, including an additional suspension period, can be imposed by the courts if a person is found guilty.

How Do I Get a Restricted License?

Ignition interlock devices can shorten the time of your administrative license suspension in many states and get you back to driving more quickly.  You can apply for a restricted license (also known as an interlock restricted license) that allows you to drive a vehicle equipped with an ignition interlock.

In some states, you can completely eliminate the DUI/DWI license suspension after completing your interlock program. Our state requirements pages include step by step information on how to obtain an interlock restricted license in each state, as well as helpful links to state DMV pages and necessary forms.  Following these instructions can get you behind the wheel safely and quickly.