Administrative Alcohol

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Click here for further information on Reinstatement Requirements and Missouri's Limited Driving Privilege.


What is Missouri's Administrative Alcohol law?

When a police officer stops you while driving and suspects you have been drinking, the officer may ask you to take some tests like walking heel to toe or standing on one leg. These tests will help the officer decide if you should be arrested and submit to a test to determine the alcohol level of your breath, blood, or urine. The result of this test is known as your Blood Alcohol Concentration (BAC) level.

If your BAC level is .08% or more (or for minors a BAC level of .020% or more), a police officer will take your license and give you a Notice of Suspension/Revocation. This notice tells you that you will not be able to legally drive (your license will be suspended or revoked) after 15 days. The notice includes a 15-day driving permit that you can get if the officer indicates this on the notice. The notice also includes a form that allows you to request a hearing.  If you are given a hearing, you may continue to legally drive until 15 days after a decision is mailed to you.

For more information visit our "Driving While Intoxicated" page.

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How can I get my driver license back when it is suspended/revoked under the Administrative Alcohol law?

Visit Reinstatement Requirements for Administrative Alcohol Arrests.

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When will I get my driver license back?

If you have met your reinstatement requirements and are otherwise eligible, you can get your driver license back 90 days from the starting date of your suspension. We will send the license back to you with your reinstatement notice.

If your license was revoked for one year, and you have met your reinstatement requirements, you must retest and complete an application for a Missouri driver license before driving.

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Will I have to retake my test?

You are required to retest upon reinstatement for an administrative alcohol revocation or upon reinstatement for an administrative alcohol suspension if your driver license expired during the suspension period and has been expired for more than six months. 

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When will the administrative suspension or revocation come off my driver record?

Administrative suspensions and revocations are a permanent part of the record and can never be removed.

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Can I have any type of driving privilege while I am suspended/revoked?

If your Missouri driving privilege has been suspended, you must serve the first 30 days of your suspension without driving. After the first 30 days, you may receive a 60-day Restricted Driving Permit for work, school, to attend an alcohol education/treatment program, and to seek the services of a certified ignition interlock provider. You do not have to apply for this permit. You may be eligible for a 60-day Restricted Driving Permit after you file an SR-22 with our office and, if required, have an Ignition Interlock Device (IID) installed on your vehicle. The SR-22 is not required for minors suspended for testing .020% or more.

If your Missouri driving privilege has been revoked, you must serve the first 45 days of your revocation without driving.

In either case, you may be eligible to apply for a Limited Driving Privilege (LDP) after serving the appropriate period without driving. The LDP can be used for driving to work, school, your alcohol program, to seek medical treatment, to seek the services of a certified ignition interlock provider, etc.

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How do I request a hearing?

Within 15 days from the date the Notice of Suspension/Revocation of Your Driving Privilege (Form 2385) is issued to you, a written request for hearing must be received by or postmarked to:
Missouri Department of Revenue
ATTN: General Counsel's Office
PO Box 475
Jefferson City MO 65105-0475

The written request may be submitted by you or your attorney of record. The bottom portion of your Form 2385 may be used for this purpose.

If you wish to appeal your hearing decision, you must file the petition for judicial review in the county of your arrest.

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What is an SR-22 insurance filing?

It is a form from your insurance company that shows your motor vehicle has liability insurance. (Sample of SR-22 form)

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How long do I need the SR-22 insurance filing?

You need to file the SR-22 for two (2) years from the starting date of your suspension or revocation. The SR-22 is not required for minors suspended/revoked for the first time testing .020% or more.

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Where do I get information about Substance Abuse Traffic Offenders Program (SATOP) classes?

For information on SATOP classes, click here.

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Why do I need to complete a Substance Abuse Traffic Offenders Program (SATOP)? I was not convicted.

If you have an alcohol offense, such as an administrative alcohol suspension or revocation on your driver record, the law requires you to complete a SATOP for reinstatement.

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What is an Ignition Interlock Device (IID), and do I need one?

If your driving record shows more than one alcohol offense, you are required to have an IID installed on any vehicle you operate.

For information on IID requirements, click here.

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How long do I need to keep an Ignition Interlock Device (IID) on my vehicle?

If you are required to have an Ignition Interlock Device (IID) installed on your vehicle, the IID must be maintained for six months from the reinstatement date. You must report to a certified IID vendor each month for maintenance to ensure the device is working properly.

In the case that you have a Limited Driving Privilege (LDP) and an IID installed, the IID must be maintained for the duration of the LDP.

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How do I get information about certified Ignition Interlock Device (IID) vendors?

Ignition Interlock Devices must be be certified and approved by the Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT).  The installer of the device will notify the Department of Revenue after installation has been completed, or upon any failure to maintain the device.

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