Washington State law has changed, you must respond within 20 days! Many references still show 30 days as the amount of time you have to respond, NOT TRUE, anymore!

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If your license was punched, or if you blew a police station breath test of .08 or higher, your license is already in temporary status and will be suspended or revoked. The fact that you were not held at jail, were not required to post bail, were not given a ticket, were not given a court date, or were driven home by a friendly officer, makes no difference. To avoid the automatic recall of your license, you must file a written request for an administrative hearing, along with a $375 hearing fee, within 20 days (not 30 or 60) of the date you were stopped by the officer. NOTE: The $200 hearing fee increased to $375 on October 1, 2012.

Otherwise, the suspension or revocation that started the date you were stopped becomes automatic. The 60 days mentioned by the Department of Licensing is merely the court-ordered delay to allow you to attempt to reverse the “guilty until proven innocent” action already started against your driving privilege. Your license suspensions will be for 90 days, 1 year, 2 years, or more, depending on your past record.

NOTE: The time limit for your written hearing request has been 30 days. The latest law signed by Governor Gregoire on January 30, 2008, reduced your response time to 20 days, effective January 1, 2009.

[CLICK here] to print a copy of the Department of Licensing hearing request form.

If you received any NOTICE OF INFRACTION(S) at the time of your stop, YOU HAVE ONLY FIFTEEN (15) DAYS to send your signed request for a hearing to the court. If you forget, or are late, the court will issue an FTA (failure to appear) notice which will trigger an immediate suspension of your drivers license and increase the penalty. Once paid, the suspension and the FTA will be lifted; however, they will still appear on your driving record for the next five (5) years.

Call my office immediately for full information and free help filing the paperwork correctly to save your license. Phone: (425) 259-4510

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