What is a DWI / DUI?

The abbreviations DWI/DUI are used interchangeably and refer to "driving while intoxicated" and "driving under the influence", respectively. They refer to driving under the influence of alcohol or any substance(s) which impair driving ability. Other substances can include illegal drugs, prescription drugs, over-the-counter medications, and/or inhalants such as glue, gasoline, spray paint, etc.

DUI Penalties

1st Offense Within a 10 Year Period

  • 90 Days of Alcohol or Substance Abuse Program
  • 30 to 120 Day License Suspension

2nd Offense Within a 10 Year Period

  • one (1) Year of Alcohol or Substance Abuse Treatment
  • 12 to 18 Month License Suspension

3rd Offense Within a 10 Year Period

  • one (1) Year of Alcohol or Substance Abuse Treatment
  • 24 to 36 Month License Suspension

4th Offense Within a 10 Year Period

  • one (1) Year of Alcohol or Substance Abuse Treatment
  • 60 Month License Suspension

Any commercial driver convicted of a DUI in any type of motor vehicle will be suspended for one (1) year. The driver will be required to pay a $50.00 reinstatement fee and pass the written, vision, and skills tests before starting over with a permit.

Approved Alcohol Treatment Programs

See a list of treatment programs by visiting the Program Directory. The Division of Driver Licensing will only accept completions from programs authorized for DUI treatment. The driver should select Driving Under the Influence from Other Providers in the left navigation menu.

For inquiries regarding DUI courses in other states, contact the Division of Driver Licensing at (502) 564-1257.

Online DUI courses or programs will not be accepted.

License Suspension for Refusal to Take Alcohol or Subsequent Tests

It should be noted that all of the offenses listed below are for refusals within a 10 year period.

1st Offense Within a 10 Year Period

  • 30 to 120 Day License Suspension

2nd Offense Within a 10 Year Period

  • 12 to 18 Month License Suspension

3rd Offense Within a 10 Year Period

  • 24 to 36 Month License Suspension

4th Offense Within a 10 Year Period

  • 60 Month License Suspension

License Plate Confiscation and Ignition Interlock Devices​ for Repeat Offenders

Drivers convicted of a second or subsequent DUI will forfeit their license plates to the courts during the period in which the driver license is suspended. The court may order an ignition interlock device to be installed on the violator's vehicle after the driver serves a statutory suspension period. The ignition interlock device prevents a driver from operating that vehicle if the driver's BAC is .02 or greater.​​​​​​​​