The Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) is required to suspend or revoke the driving privilege of any person arrested for driving under the influence (DUI) of alcohol or a combination of alcohol and drugs, who:

  • Takes a chemical (blood or breath) test which shows a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) level of 0.01% while on DUI probation, 0.04% while driving a commercial vehicle, and/or a BAC of 0.08% or more while driving a noncommercial vehicle, or
  • Refuses to take or fails to complete a chemical test (blood or breath)* to determine his/ her BAC level
  • *NOTE: A urine test is not available unless one of the following applies:
    • The officer suspects you were driving under the influence of drugs or a combination of drugs and alcohol.
    • Both the blood and breath tests are unavailable.
    • You are a hemophiliac.
    • You are taking anticoagulant medication.

The officer will give you an Order of Suspension/ Revocation. If you have a valid California driver license, the officer will take your driver license and send it to the DMV (to be destroyed). The Order of Suspension/Revocation includes a temporary driver license valid for 30 days from the issue date (usually the date of your arrest). At the end of the 30 days, the suspension/ revocation action goes into effect. If the officer does not serve you with an Order of Suspension/ Revocation, the DMV will mail you one.

The temporary driver license does not allow you to drive if there is another DMV or court-imposed DL action in effect.

We at Pacific Connection can help our DUI customers with low-rates on their insurance and a free SR-22 filing.

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