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What Does The Hole in my Washington License Mean?



After an arrest for DUI, if a person refuses to take the breath test at the station or a blood test at a hospital, or if they take a breath test and the results indicate they are over the legal limit, then the Officer is supposed to punch a hole in their Washington State Driver’s License. What this means is that their license is now considered “temporary.” The Department of Licensing will be taking action against the license and will be suspended or revoked on the 61st day following the arrest.

People are still able to drive during this period. They have the right to request a hearing to dispute the Department’s suspension or revocation, but they must do so within 20 days following their arrest. It is critical that you speak with an attorney immediately to preserve all your rights and make an educated decision on the best way to proceed.

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