Administrative Alcohol

Information 24/7 – If you have questions about a ticket, suspension, or revocation on your Missouri driver record, you may now call our new interactive voice response system at (573) 526-2407 - available 24 hours a day, 7days a week.

For information about reinstating a Missouri driving privilege, visit our License Reinstatement Requirements web page.


What is Missouri's Administrative Alcohol law?

When a police officer stops you while driving and suspects you have been drinking, the officer may ask you to take some tests like walking heel to toe or standing on one leg. These tests will help the officer decide if you should be arrested and submit to a test to determine the alcohol level of your breath, blood, or urine. The result of this test is known as your Blood Alcohol Concentration (BAC) level.

If your BAC level is .08% or more (or, for minors, a BAC level of .020% or more), a police officer will take your license and give you a Notice of Suspension/Revocation. This notice tells you that you will not be eligible to legally drive (your license will be suspended or revoked) after 15 days. The notice includes a 15-day driving permit that you may get if the officer indicates this on the notice. The notice also includes a form that allows you to request a hearing.  If you are granted a hearing, you may continue to legally drive until 15 days after a decision is mailed to you.

For more information visit our Driving While Intoxicated web page.

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How can I get my driving privilege reinstated when it is suspended or revoked under the Administrative Alcohol law?

For information about reinstating a Missouri driving privilege, visit our License Reinstatement Requirements web page.

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When will the Administrative Alcohol suspension or revocation come off my driver record?

Administrative Alcohol suspensions and revocations are a permanent part of the record and can never be removed.

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Can I have any type of driving privilege while I am suspended or revoked?

You may be eligible for a Restricted Driving Privilege (RDP) if your driving privilege is not suspended, revoked or denied for another reason. For more information, visit our Restricted Driving Privilege (RDP) web page.

You may also be eligible for a Limited Driving Privilege (LDP). For more information, visit our Limited Driving Privilege (LDP) web page.

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How do I request a hearing?

Within 15 days from the date the Notice of Suspension/Revocation of Your Driving Privilege (Form 2385) is issued to you, a written request for hearing must be received by or postmarked to:

Missouri Department of Revenue
ATTN: General Counsel's Office
PO Box 475
Jefferson City MO 65105-0475

FAX: (573) 751-7151

The written request may be submitted by you or your attorney of record. The bottom portion of your Form 2385 may be used for this purpose.

If you wish to appeal your hearing decision, you must file the petition for judicial review in the county of your arrest.

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What is an SR-22 insurance filing?

An SR-22 form is a form from your insurance company that shows your motor vehicle has liability insurance.

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How long do I need the SR-22 insurance filing?

You need to file the SR-22 form for two (2) years from the starting date of your suspension or revocation. The SR-22 is not required for minors suspended for the first time testing .020% or more.

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Where do I get information about Substance Abuse Traffic Offender Program (SATOP) courses?

For information regarding Substance Abuse Traffic Offender Program (SATOP) courses, visit the Department of Mental Health (DMH) Division of Behavioral Health website.

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Why do I need to complete a Substance Abuse Traffic Offender Program (SATOP)? I was not convicted.

If you have an alcohol offense, such as an Administrative Alcohol suspension or revocation on your driver record, the law requires you to complete a Substance Abuse Traffic Offender Program (SATOP) for reinstatement.

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Am I required to install an Ignition Interlock Device (IID) to reinstate my driving privilege?

If your driver record shows more than one alcohol- or drug-related law enforcement contact, you are required to have an Ignition Interlock Device (IID) installed on any vehicle you operate. You must maintain the device for six months from your date of reinstatement without violation. A violation will result in an additional six month extension of your IID requirement.

For more information, visit our Ignition Interlock Device (IID) web page.

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