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Major Moving Violations
Drivers arrested for major moving violations in the District are issued an Order of Proposed Suspension by the arresting police officer. In addition to appearing at Superior Court, you must schedule a permit hearing within 5 calendar days if you are a DC resident or within 10 calendar days if you are a non-DC resident.
How to Schedule a Permit Hearing
- You may schedule your hearing by appearing in-person at Adjudication Services.
You may schedule your hearing by mail. Write to:
- Driver Improvement Office
- PO Box 90120
- Washington, DC 20090
- Your request must be received within 5 calendars for DC residents or within 10 calendar days if you are a non-DC resident. You will receive notification of your hearing date by return mail.
- You must present or include a copy of your drivers license, the Proposed Order of Suspension, Court Disposition and other relevant court documents.
"Show Cause" Hearing
At a show cause hearing (which is for major moving violations), the hearing examiner will take testimony from the arresting officer concerning the circumstances surrounding your charge. The hearing examiner will also take testimony from you. You can be represented by counsel and/or present witnesses. At the conclusion of the hearing, the hearing examiner will decide whether to take action against your driver license or driving privileges, such as ordering a suspension or revocation.
At a reinstatement hearing (which is conducted for revocations resulting from major moving violations), the hearing examiner will question you about your driving record and driving habits. You can be represented by counsel and/or present witnesses. At the conclusion of your hearing, the hearing examiner will either approve or deny your application for reinstatement. If your application is denied, the hearing examiner will give specific reason(s) for the denial and advise you on what action(s) are required for reinstatement.
Obtain a Limited Occupational License
Drivers licensed in the District of Columbia may submit a request to DC DMV for a Limited Occupational License (LOL) following the suspension or revocation of their license. If your driver license revocation was mandatory, then you are not eligible for a Limited Occupational License. Instructions for Obtaining an LOL [PDF] are provided in this guide.
Appeal the Hearing Examiner’s Decision
If your hearing decision is not favorable, you may appeal to the Traffic Adjudication Appeals Board. You must file your appeal within 15-calendar days of the decision.
Prepare for your Hearing
- Be ready to answer questions about your drivers record and driving habits.
- Bring all related documents to your moving violation charge with you.
- If you have completed an alcohol and/or substance abuse counseling program, bring documentation confirming the completion with you.