Out-of-State Drivers and California DUI Convictions.

April 12, 2013

As commonly known, the driver’s license of a person convicted of a DUI will be suspended by the California DMV.  But what happens when a driver without a California driver’s license gets arrested for a DUI in Los Angeles or anywhere else in California for that matter?

Upon a DUI arrest, the DMV will assign an “X” number to the out-of-state driver arrested for a DUI so that he can be tracked by the DMV under that “X” number.  If the driver gets convicted for a DUI in Los Angeles, the DMV will match the record of conviction to the “X” number and place a hold on it, as if the driver’s license is suspended.  The DMV will notify other states of the hold and of the conviction to make sure that driver does not avoid his responsibility in California by simply leaving the state or applying for a driver’s license in another state.  Based on agreements between different states, the driver’s license will be suspended until he or she complies with California DMV requirements after a conviction.  The most arduous requirement for an out-of-state drivers is alcohol education classes offered only in California and installation of an ignition interlock devise – that also can be done only in California.

Since neither the classes, nor the ignition interlock devise can not be done in other states, the DMV created a one time waiver of such requirements.  This waiver, code-name, a “1650 waiver”, permits the out-of-state driver to get a one time exception if the driver promises not to drive in California for 3 years and otherwise complies with requirements (such as payment of fees etc.).   The 1650 waiver is requested by calling “Mandatory Action Unit” within the DMV headquarters in Sacramento.  The DMV must mail the 1650 package directly to the driver’s out of state address and once they receive it back, they will process it permiting the driver not to complete an alcohol education class and skipping the mandatory IID installation requirements for Los Angles DUI.

If you or your loved got arrested for a DUI in Los Angeles and are a visitor here, please call our drunk driving attorney in Los Angeles to discuss how we defend your DUI case.  We can defend your DUI case without you having to come to court or being present in California.  We are skilled in negotiating the best possible deal for you or getting a dismissal of your DUI charges.   Call our office at 877-940-440 to talk to one of the best California DUI Defense attorneys.

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