Code of the District of Columbia

Subchapter II. Revocation and Suspension of Permit.


§ 50–1403.01. Revocation or suspension; new permit after revocation; nonresidents; penalty for operation with revoked or suspended license.

(a) Except where for any violation of this subchapter revocation of the operator’s permit is mandatory or where suspension or revocation is mandatory for accumulated point totals pursuant to Chapter 3 of Title 18 of the District of Columbia Municipal Regulations, the Mayor or his designated agent may revoke or suspend an operator's permit, or require participation in the Ignition Interlock System Program established by § 50-2201.05a ("Program"), for any cause which he or his agent may deem sufficient; provided, that in each case where a permit is revoked or suspended, or where a person is required to participate in the Program, the reasons therefor shall be set out in the order of revocation or suspension, or the order requiring participation in the Program; provided further, that such order shall take effect 10 (15, if the person is a nonresident) days after its issuance unless the holder of the permit shall have filed within such period, written application with the Mayor of the District of Columbia for a review of his order or the order of his agent, and, if upon such review, the Mayor shall sustain such order, the same shall become effective immediately; provided further, that application to said Mayor for a review shall not operate as a stay of such order of the Mayor or his agent when the order has been issued revoking or suspending a permit, or requiring participation in the Program, on account of mental or physical incapacity, for driving while the person is intoxicated as defined by § 50-2206.01(9), or while under the influence of intoxicating liquor or any drug or any combination thereof, or while the ability to operate a vehicle is impaired by the consumption of intoxicating liquor; for manslaughter when an automobile is involved, or for operating a motor vehicle equipped with a smoke screen.

(b) In case the operator’s permit of any individual is revoked no new permit shall be issued to such individual for at least 6 months after the revocation except in the discretion of the Mayor or his designated agent.

(c) The Mayor of the District of Columbia, or his designated agent, may suspend or revoke the right of any nonresident person as defined in § 50-1401.02, to operate a motor vehicle in the District of Columbia, for any cause he or his agent may deem sufficient, and the proper authority at the place of issuance of the permit, or other authority to operate a motor vehicle shall be notified of such suspension and the reason therefor, immediately; provided, that such order of suspension or revocation shall take effect 10 days after its issuance, and the same be subject to review and appeal in the manner and under the same conditions as are provided for such matters in subsection (a) of this section.

(d) Notwithstanding any other provision of this section, the provisions of the District of Columbia Administrative Procedure Act (§ 2-501 et seq.) and particularly those of § 2-509, shall apply to each proceeding, decision, or other administrative action specified in this subchapter.

(e) Any individual found guilty of operating a motor vehicle in the District during the period for which the individual’s license is revoked or suspended, or for which his right to operate is suspended or revoked, shall, for each such offense, be fined not more than the amount set forth in § 22-3571.01 or imprisoned for not more than 1 year, or both.


(Mar. 3, 1925, 43 Stat. 1125, ch. 443, § 13; July 3, 1926, 44 Stat. 814, ch. 739, § 3; Feb. 27, 1931, 46 Stat. 1424, 1428, ch. 317, §§ 2, 4; June 7, 1934, 48 Stat. 926, ch. 426; May 15, 1936, 49 Stat. 1273, ch. 393; Aug. 31, 1954, 68 Stat. 1048, ch. 1173, § 1; July 8, 1963, 77 Stat. 78, Pub. L. 88-60, § 6; Dec. 23, 1963, 77 Stat. 617, Pub. L. 88-241, § 8; July 29, 1970, 84 Stat. 583, Pub. L. 91-358, title I, § 163(g)(1); Apr. 26, 1977, D.C. Law 1-133, title I, §§ 102-104, 23 DCR 9697; Sept. 14, 1982, D.C. Law 4-145, §§ 6, 7, 29 DCR 3138; Mar. 9, 1983, D.C. Law 4-174, § 12, 29 DCR 5753; Apr. 13, 1999, D.C. Law 12-212, § 2(b), 46 DCR 5; Apr. 27, 2001, D.C. Law 13-289, § 301, 48 DCR 2057; Mar. 2, 2007, D.C. Law 16-195, § 9, 53 DCR 8675; Mar. 14, 2007, D.C. Law 16-279, § 202(f), 54 DCR 903; Apr. 27, 2013, D.C. Law 19-266, § 307, 59 DCR 12957; June 11, 2013, D.C. Law 19-317, § 268(c), 60 DCR 2064; Mar. 29, 2018, D.C. Law 22-77, § 3(d), 65 DCR 1555.)

Prior Codifications

1981 Ed., § 40-302.

1973 Ed., § 40-302.

Section References

This section is referenced in § 23-581, § 50-1105, § 50-1401.01, § 50-1403.02, § 50-2201.03, § 50-2201.05a, § 50-2201.05b, § 50-2201.27, and § 50-2302.02.

Effect of Amendments

D.C. Law 12-212, § 2(b), in subsec. (a) substituted “blood contains .08% or more, by weight, of alcohol, or while .38 micrograms or more of alcohol are contained in 1 milliliter of the individual’s breath, consisting substantially of alveolar air, or while the individual’s urine contains .10% or more,” for “blood or breath contains .10 percent or more by weight, of alcohol, or the individual’s urine contains .13 percent or more,”.

D.C. Law 13-289, in subsec. (a), inserted “or where suspension or revocation is mandatory for accumulated point totals pursuant to Chapter 3 of Title 18 of the District of Columbia Municipal Regulations” following “permit is mandatory”.

D.C. Law 16-195, in subsec. (a), substituted “person’s alcohol concentration is 0.08 grams or more either per 100 milliliters of blood or per 210 liters of breath or is 0.10 grams or more per 100 milliliters of urine” for “individual’s blood contains .08% or more, by weight, of alcohol, or while .38 micrograms or more of alcohol are contained in 1 milliliter of the individual’s breath, consisting substantially of alveolar air, or while the individual’s urine contains .10% or more, by weight, of alcohol person’s alcohol concentration is 0.08 grams or more either per 100 milliliters of blood or per 210 liters of breath or is 0.10 grams or more per 100 milliliters of urine”.

D.C. Law 16-279, in subsec. (a), substituted “shall take effect 10 (15, if the person is a nonresident) days out” for “shall take effect 5 days out”.

The 2013 amendment by D.C. Law 19-266 substituted “person is intoxicated as defined by § 50-2206.01(9)” for “person’s alcohol concentration is 0.08 grams or more either per 100 milliliters of blood or per 210 liters of breath or is 0.10 grams or more per 100 milliliters of urine” in (a).

The 2013 amendment by D.C. Law 19-317 substituted “not more than the amount set forth in § 22-3571.01” for “not to exceed $5,000” in (e).

Cross References

Criminal procedure, warrantless arrests, see § 23-581.

Motor vehicle exhaust emissions inspections, uninspected or unfit vehicles, applicability of this section, see § 50-1105.

Regulation of traffic, certificates of title for motor vehicles, procedures for when title is refused, see § 50-2201.03.

Regulation of traffic, conviction reports, see § 50-2201.27.

Traffic adjudication, violations prosecuted as criminal offenses, see § 50-2302.02.

Expiration of Law

Expiration of Law 12-212

Section 8(b) of D.C. Law 12-212, which provided that the act shall expire on September 30, 2000, was repealed by section 4 of D.C. Law 13-238.

Emergency Legislation

For temporary (90-day) repeal of expiration date of section, see § 4 of the Driving Under the Influence Repeat Offenders Emergency Amendment Act of 2000 (D.C. Act 13-382, July 24, 2000, 47 DCR 6697).

For temporary (90 day) amendment of section, see § 4 of the Driving Under the Influence Repeat Offenders Congressional Review Emergency Amendment Act of 2000 (D.C. Act 13-437, October 20, 2000, 47 DCR 8737).

For temporary (90 day) amendment of section, see § 4(e)(2) of Anti-Drunk Driving Clarification Emergency Amendment Act of 2006 (D.C. Act 16-469, July 31, 2006, 53 DCR 6764).

For temporary (90 day) amendment of section, see § 9 of Anti-Drunk Driving Clarification Second Congressional Review Emergency Amendment Act of 2006 (D.C. Act 16-518, October 27, 2006, 53 DCR 9104).

For temporary (90 day) amendment of section, see § 8(b) of Anti-Drunk Driving Clarification Congressional Review Emergency Amendment Act of 2007 (D.C. Act 17-6, January 16, 2007, 54 DCR 1452).

For temporary amendment of (a), see § 307 of the Comprehensive Impaired Driving and Alcohol Testing Program Congressional Review Emergency Amendment Act of 2012 (D.C. Act 19-508, October 26, 2012, 59 DCR 12774).

For temporary (90 days) amendment of this section, see § 307 of the Comprehensive Impaired Driving and Alcohol Testing Program Congressional Review Emergency Act of 2013 (D.C. Act 20-3, January 29, 2013, 60 DCR 2762, 20 DCSTAT 410).

For temporary (90 days) amendment of this section, see § 268(c) of the Criminal Fine Proportionality Emergency Act of 2013 (D.C. Act 20-45, April 1, 2013, 60 DCR 5400, 20 DCSTAT 1300).

For temporary (90 days) amendment of this section, see § 307 of the Comprehensive Impaired Driving and Alcohol Testing Program Second Congressional Review Emergency Act of 2013 (D.C. Act 20-51, April 17, 2013, 60 DCR 6344, 20 DCSTAT 1360).

Temporary Legislation

For temporary (225 day) amendment of section, see § 8(b) of Driving Under the Influence Repeat Offenders Temporary Amendment Act of 2000 (D.C. Law 13-198, October 21, 2000, law notification 47 DCR 8988).

Editor's Notes

Section 5 of 46 Stat. 1429, ch. 317, effective Feb. 27, 1931, provided that all convictions under the Act shall be reported by the clerk of the court to the commissioners [Mayor] or their [his] designated agent.

Section 8(b) of D.C. Law 12-212 provided: “(b) This act shall expire on September 30, 2000.”

Section 8(b) of D.C. Law 12-212, providing for the expiration of the act on September 30, 2000, was repealed by section 4 of D.C. Law 13-238.

Definitions applicable: For definitions applicable in this chapter, see § 50-2201.02.

Applicability of D.C. Law 19-317: Section 401 of D.C. Law 19-317 provided that the act shall apply only to offenses committed on or after June 11, 2013.

Change in Government

This section originated at a time when local government powers were delegated to a Board of Commissioners of the District of Columbia (see Acts Relating to the Establishment of the District of Columbia and its Various Forms of Governmental Organization in Volume 1). Section 401 of Reorganization Plan No. 3 of 1967 (see Reorganization Plans in Volume 1) transferred all of the functions of the Board of Commissioners under this section to a single Commissioner. The District of Columbia Self-Government and Governmental Reorganization Act, 87 Stat. 818, § 711 ( D.C. Code, § 1-207.11), abolished the District of Columbia Council and the Office of Commissioner of the District of Columbia. These branches of government were replaced by the Council of the District of Columbia and the Office of Mayor of the District of Columbia, respectively. Accordingly, and also pursuant to § 714(a) of such Act ( D.C. Code, § 1-207.14(a)), appropriate changes in terminology were made in this section.


§ 50–1403.02. Delayed issuance of motor vehicle operator’s permit.

(a) Repealed.

(a-1) The Mayor may delay issuance of an operator’s permit by disqualifying anyone not already in possession of a valid operator’s permit when such individual is convicted of or adjudicated delinquent as a result of:

(1) The commission of a stolen vehicle offense;

(2) Operating a motor vehicle without a permit (§ 50-1401.01(d) — residents; § 50-1401.02(i) — non-residents);

(3) Operating a motor vehicle after revocation or suspension of an operator’s permit (§ 50-1403.01);

(4) Any felony in the commission of which a motor vehicle is involved; or

(5) The operation of a motor vehicle under the influence of any substance the possession of which is prohibited under the Comprehensive Drug Abuse Prevention and Control Act of 1970, approved October 27, 1970 (84 Stat. 1236; 21 U.S.C. § 801 et seq.), Chapter 9 of Title 48, or the law of any state, territory, or possession of the United States.

(a-2) In all cases where a person is convicted or adjudicated delinquent of any of the offenses set forth in subsection (a-1) of this section, the disqualification period shall commence on the later of:

(1) The date of conviction or adjudication if the person is imprisoned or legal custody of the person has been transferred to a public agency for care of delinquent children as a result of the conviction or adjudication;

(2) The person’s 16th birthday if the conviction or adjudication occurs before the person is 16 years of age; or

(3) The date that a person over 16 years of age becomes eligible to have driving privileges restored if such privileges have previously been revoked or suspended.

(a-3) The disqualification period referenced in subsection (a-2) of this section shall, for any offense set forth in subsection (a-1) of this section, be:

(1) Six months for a first time violation of any offense set forth in subsection (a-1) of this section;

(2) One year for a second violation; or

(3) Two years for each subsequent violation.

(a-4) A copy of the conviction or adjudication shall be forwarded by the court to the Mayor, along with the offender’s social security number or operator’s permit number, together with a copy of the operator’s permit.

(b) For the purposes of this section, the term:

(1) Repealed.

(2) “Stolen vehicle offense” means:

(A) A theft of a motor vehicle in violation of § 22-3211;

(B) The unauthorized use of a motor vehicle in violation of § 22-3215; or

(C) Trafficking in or receiving a stolen motor vehicle in violation of § 22-3231 or § 22-3232.


(Mar. 3, 1925, ch. 443, § 13a; as added Mar. 16, 1989, D.C. Law 7-222, § 2, 36 DCR 570; Mar. 25, 1993, D.C. Law 9-253, § 2, 40 DCR 790; Sept. 29, 2006, D.C. Law 16-167, § 2, 53 DCR 6194; Mar. 14, 2007, D.C. Law 16-279, § 405, 54 DCR 903; Apr. 24, 2007, D.C. Law 16-306, § 228(b), 53 DCR 8610; July 17, 2014, D.C. Law 20-126, § 410, 61 DCR 3482; Jan. 25, 2018, D.C. Law 22-46, § 2, 64 DCR 12401.)

Prior Codifications

1981 Ed., § 40-302.1.

Section References

This section is referenced in § 16-2318 and § 16-2331.

Effect of Amendments

D.C. Law 16-167, in subsec. (a), substituted “Notification of the conviction or adjudication shall be sent electronically by the court to the Mayor within one business day of the conviction or adjudication and shall include the person’s name, address, date of birth, conviction date, driver’s license number, if any, social security number, if any, the offense, and any other information required by the Mayor to take the action required by this section.” for “A copy of the conviction or adjudication shall be forwarded by the court to the Mayor.”

D.C. Law 16-279, in subsec. (a), deleted “in the absence of compelling circumstances warranting an exception” following “shall revoke” following “Mayor shall revoke”.

D.C. Law 16-306 added subsecs. (a-1), (a-2), (a-3), and (a-4); and rewrote subsec. (b).

The 2014 amendment by D.C. Law 20-126 added the last sentence in (a).

Emergency Legislation

For temporary (90 day) amendment of section, see § 2 of Drug Offence Driving Privileges Revocation and Disqualification Emergency Amendment Act of 2006 (D.C. Act 16-256, January 26, 2006, 53 DCR 770).

For temporary (90 day) amendment of section, see § 2 of Drug Offence Driving Privileges Revocation and Disqualification Congressional Review Emergency Amendment Act of 2006 (D.C. Act 16-360, April 26, 2006, 53 DCR 3617).

For temporary (90 day) amendment of section, see § 228(b) of Omnibus Public Safety Emergency Amendment Act of 2006 (D.C. Act 16-445, July 19, 2006, 53 DCR 6443).

For temporary (90 day) amendment of section, see § 228(b) of Omnibus Public Safety Congressional Review Emergency Amendment Act of 2006 (D.C. Act 16-490, October 18, 2006, 53 DCR 8686).

For temporary (90 day) amendment of section, see § 228(b) of Omnibus Public Safety Congressional Review Emergency Amendment Act of 2007 (D.C. Act 17-10, January 16, 2007, 54 DCR 1479).

For temporary (90 day) amendment of section, see § 228(b) of Omnibus Public Safety Second Congressional Review Emergency Amendment Act of 2007 (D.C. Act 17-25, April 19, 2007, 54 DCR 4036).

Temporary Legislation

For temporary (225 day) amendment of section, see § 2 of Drug Offense Driving Privileges Revocation and Disqualification Temporary Amendment Act of 2006 (D.C. Law 16-99, May 12, 2006, law notification 53 DCR 4232).

Editor's Notes

Section 501 of D.C. Law 20-126 provided that the Mayor, pursuant to subchapter I of Chapter 5 of Title 2 [§ 2-501 et seq.], may issue rules to implement the provisions of the act.


§ 50–1403.03. Suspension of minor’s motor vehicle operator’s permit for alcohol violation.

(a) The Mayor shall suspend the motor vehicle operator’s permit of a person under 21 years of age convicted of violating, or adjudicated in violation of § 25-130. The suspension shall be for the duration required by § 25-130. A copy of the conviction or adjudication shall be forwarded to the Mayor by the court or the administrative body authorized to adjudicate violations under Chapter 1 of Title 25.

(b) Any person found guilty of operating a motor vehicle in the District during the period for which the person’s license or privilege is suspended, shall, for each offense, be fined not more than the amount set forth in § 22-3571.01, imprisoned for not more than 180 days, or both.


(Mar. 3, 1925, ch. 443, § 13b; as added May 24, 1994, D.C. Law 10-122, § 4, 41 DCR 1658; June 11, 2013, D.C. Law 19-317, § 268(d), 60 DCR 2064.)

Prior Codifications

1981 Ed., § 40-302.2.

Effect of Amendments

The 2013 amendment by D.C. Law 19-317 substituted “not more than the amount set forth in § 22-3571.01” for “not more than $1,000” in (b).

Emergency Legislation

For temporary (90 days) amendment of this section, see § 268(d) of the Criminal Fine Proportionality Emergency Act of 2013 (D.C. Act 20-45, April 1, 2013, 60 DCR 5400, 20 DCSTAT 1300).

References in Text

Section 25-130 and Chapter 1 of Title 25, referred to in this section, are part and all, respectively, of Title 25, D.C. Official Code, which title was amended and enacted by D.C. Law 13-298, effective May 3, 2001. For disposition of the subject matter of former Title 25, see the Disposition Table preceding § 25-101.

Editor's Notes

Applicability of D.C. Law 19-317: Section 401 of D.C. Law 19-317 provided that the act shall apply only to offenses committed on or after June 11, 2013.