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A DUI attorney discussing the importance of requesting a DUI hearing.

Hi, I’m Linda Callahan, a DUI attorney with years of experience helping folks like you navigate the tricky waters of DUI charges and license suspensions.

Getting charged with a DUI is stressful, but there’s hope.

One of the most crucial steps you can take is to request a DUI hearing. Let’s dive into why this hearing is so important and how my team can help you make the most of it.


If you miss the seven-day deadline, your license will be automatically suspended on the 30th day following your arrest. It’s crucial to submit your request on time to avoid this outcome.

If blood was taken, it’s still crucial to request a hearing within seven days to prepare for any future license suspension and notify the DOL of your intent to fight the suspension. The DOL usually waits for the blood test results before informing you of your right to request a hearing. This can take months, even up to a year. 

Yes, you can represent yourself, but having an attorney experienced in DUI cases is highly recommended. An attorney can provide valuable guidance and increase your chances of a favorable outcome.

No.  The DOL puts a “stay” or a hold on the automatic suspension if you apply for the hearing within the 7 days.  You will be allowed to drive legally until the hearing is held and a decision is made by the DOL.

The hearing examiner typically decides within a few weeks of the hearing. You will receive the decision by mail.

Understanding the Importance of a DOL Hearing for a DUI

Getting charged with a DUI can lead to severe consequences, including the suspension or even the revocation of your driving license. However, during a Department of Licensing (DOL) hearing, you can contest the suspension and present your case. Think of it as your shot to fight and keep your driving privileges intact.

What is a DUI Hearing?

  • A DUI/DOL hearing is an administrative proceeding where you can challenge the DOL’s decision to suspend your driving privileges.
  • It’s separate from any criminal court proceedings related to your DUI charge and focuses solely on whether the suspension is justified based on the evidence and circumstances of your arrest.
  • It’s all about ensuring your rights are protected, and your side of the story is heard.
Why You Should Request a DUI Hearing
  • Requesting a DUI hearing is not just essential; it’s a beacon of hope. If you don’t request a hearing, your license will automatically be suspended 30 days after your arrest.
  • By requesting a hearing, you can delay the suspension and buy yourself some time to prepare your defense. It’s a chance to turn things around and maybe even keep your license, which can bring a huge sense of relief.
How to Request a DUI Hearing in Washington State

Requesting a DUI hearing in Washington State involves several steps. However, when you hire our firm, we take care of everything for you, making the process smooth and stress-free.

We offer a reasonable flat fee, which includes the DOL Hearing Fee of $375.00, to request the hearing on your behalf and start our investigation.

After your arrest, the most crucial step is to contact our firm as soon as possible. The seven-day window to request a hearing starts from the date of your arrest, so prompt action is essential. When you reach out to us within five days, we can handle the hearing request for you. Our experienced team will guide you through the next steps and start preparing your case right away, emphasizing the urgency and importance of the situation.

We’ll need some basic information from you to complete the hearing request on your behalf. This includes personal details and any documentation you received from the arresting officer. Don’t worry—we handle all the paperwork, ensuring everything is completed accurately.

Our firm will complete the “Driver’s Hearing Request” form and submit it to the Department of Licensing on your behalf. We’ll also send the $375 hearing fee, which our service package includes—there is no need to stress about additional costs or payments during this process.

To ensure everything is done correctly, we’ll obtain proof of mailing and keep records of the submission. This guarantees that your hearing request is processed on time and protects your right to contest the suspension of your license.

What to Expect After Hiring Us?

Once you hire our firm, we manage all aspects of your DUI hearing request, allowing you to focus on other important matters. Here’s what you can expect:

Confirmation and Scheduling

After we submit your hearing request, the Department of Licensing will send a confirmation and schedule your hearing. We’ll notify you of the date and time and start preparing your defense strategy immediately.


Preparing for Your Hearing

Our legal team will thoroughly review all evidence, including police reports, relevant documentation, and any audio or video available. We’ll gather witness statements and build a solid defense for the hearing. Throughout this process, we’ll keep you informed and prepared, ensuring you feel confident and secure in our thorough review.

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Requesting the DUI Hearing on Your Own - By Mail

If you can’t hire us within the seven-day window, you can still request the hearing on your own. Here’s how:

After your arrest, the officer should provide you with a ‘Driver’s Hearing Request’ form. This is your official request for a DOL hearing with the DOL. Fill it out accurately and thoroughly.

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Fill out the form with your personal information. Leave the attorney information section blank initially; your attorney can notify the DOL later that they represent you.

Include a check or money order for $375 with your hearing request form. This fee is non-refundable and required to process your request.

Mail the completed form and payment to:

Administrative Law Office Department of Licensing PO Box 9048 Olympia, WA 98507-9048

It’s essential to have proof that you mailed your request on time. Take the envelope to the post office and request a “Certificate of Mailing.” Keep this certificate safe.

Requesting the DUI Hearing Online

You can also request a DUI hearing online through the DOL’s License eXpress service. This method is more convenient and faster, which can be a relief during stressful times.

Requirements for Online Request

To request a hearing online, you need to:

  • Sign up for License eXpress
  • Have a Washington driver’s license
  • Have taken a breath test (not a blood test)
  • Submit your request within seven days of your arrest
  • Pay the hearing fee using a credit or debit card

Once you have logged in, navigate to the menu on the right under “Driver Information” and click on the “Request a DUI Hearing” link.

Fill out the online form with your personal information.

Pay the $375 hearing fee using a credit or debit card.

Review your information and submit the request.

How to win a dOL Hearing


Requesting a DUI hearing is a critical step in protecting your driving privileges after a DUI arrest in Washington State. Following the steps outlined in this guide and preparing thoroughly can increase your chances of a successful outcome. Remember to act quickly, pay attention to details, and seek legal advice to navigate this process.

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