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Colorado's Administrative Driver's License Penalties

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When charged with a DUI or other drug or alcohol-related driving offense in Colorado, you face possible administrative penalties as well as possible criminal penalties. Administrative penalties are assessed by the Department of Revenue, Division of Motor Vehicles. Plain and simple, administratively, the DMV is coming after your driving privileges.

Possible penalties for DUI and other drug or alcohol-related driving offenses are contingent upon prior criminal and administrative convictions, as well as the current number of points on your motor vehicle record. The chart below includes a summary of administrative penalties based upon offense type and priors.

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Offense License Suspension / Revocation Points Assessed
Failed BAC test of .08 or higher 9 months None
2nd Failed BAC test of .08 or higher 1 year None
3rd or subsequent Failed BAC test of .08 or higher 2 years None
1st DWAI criminal conviction None 8 points
1st Refusal to submit to a chemical test 1 year None
2nd Refusal to submit to a chemical test 2 years None
3rd Refusal to submit to a chemical test 3 years None
Driving without Interlock or tampering with Interlock 1 year or the remaining period of restriction, whichever is longer None
1st DUI criminal conviction 9 months 12 points
2nd DUI or DWAI criminal conviction in a 5 year period 1 year DUI 12 points DWAI 8 points
3rd or subsequent DUI or DWAI criminal conviction in a lifetime 2 years DUI 12 points DWAI 8 points
Underage Drinking & Driving (UDD) criminal conviction (BAC .02-.05) 3 months - 1st offense
6 months - 2nd offense
1 year - 3rd or subsequent offense
4 points
Driving Under Restraint / Suspension 1 year extension on current restraint action None
2nd Driving Under Restraint / Suspension conviction in a 5 year period 3 year extension on current restraint action None
3rd Major Traffic Offense in a 7 year period 5 year extension on current restraint action None

Please Keep In Mind:

This table is a summary of commonly requested information and required administrative penalties. This table is for penalties assessed upon criminal conviction of the listed violation only. It does not take into account any previous administrative penalties assessed by the Colorado Department of Revenue. It does not represent an official legal position of The Orr Law Firm and does not bind any employees of The Orr Law Firm It is intended to provide a general overview of Colorado Law as of the date of its preparation. Any person needing legal advice should consult with The Orr Law Firm and should not rely solely on the information in the above table.

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