Refusal to Submit to an Alcohol or Drug Test

When you are arrested for a driving while intoxicated offense, a police officer will ask you to submit to a chemical test to determine your blood alcohol content or drug level. While the state of Missouri deems you to have consented to such testing under its "implied consent" law, you may refuse to submit to the test.

However, if you refuse to take the alcohol or drug test, your Missouri driving privilege will be revoked for one year. This is known as a "Chemical Revocation".


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.


How can I get my driving privilege reinstated when it is under a Chemical Revocation (for refusal to submit to an alcohol or drug test)?

For information on how to reinstate your driving privilege in Missouri, visit the License Reinstatement Requirements page of our website.

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Can I have any type of driving privilege while I am under a Chemical Revocation?

After you serve the first 90 days of your Chemical Revocation, you may be eligible for a Limited Driving Privilege (LDP). The LDP may be used for work, your alcohol program, medical treatment, school, etc.

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Do I need an Ignition Interlock Device (IID) to reinstate my Missouri driving privilege after I have served my 1-year revocation period?

If your driver driver record shows more than one alcohol- or drug-related law enforcement contact, you are required to have an IID installed on any vehicle you operate. You must maintain the device for 6 months (from your date of reinstatement) without violation. A violation will result in an additional 6-month extension of the IID requirement. For more information about the IID requirement, visit the Ignition Interlock Device (IID) page of our website.

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What is an SR-22 insurance filing?

An SR-22 form is an insurance filing 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 must file the SR-22 form for two years from the effective date of your Chemical Revocation.

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Why do I need to complete a Substance Abuse Traffic Offender Program (SATOP) if I was not convicted (or, I was convicted of a lesser charge)?

If you have an alcohol offense, such as an alcohol or drug revocation on your driver record, the law requires you to complete a SATOP (or comparable course) as a condition of reinstating your driving privilege in Missouri.

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

Information regarding SATOP courses is available on the Missouri Department of Mental Health, Division of Behavioral Health website.

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How do I request a hearing?

To request a hearing, you must petition the Circuit or Associate Circuit Court in the county where the arrest or stop occurred. A petition for review must be filed within 30 days from the date the Notice of Revocation is issued.

If the arrest or stop occurred in another state, you must petition the Cole County Circuit Court, in Jefferson City, Missouri.

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When will the Chemical Revocation come off my driver record?

A Chemical Revocation (for refusal to submit to an alcohol or drug test) is a permanent part of the record and can never be removed.

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If you still have questions, please check out other Driver Licensing FAQs.


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.

Still need help? You can also submit your driver licensing questions to our staff by e-mail. Your e-mail will be forwarded to the appropriate area for reply.  Some inquiries can be responded to more quickly than others depending on the issue and amount of time needed for research.  Please make sure your computer will accept our e-mail response.