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Major Moving Violations

Drivers arrested for major moving violations in the District are issued an Order of Proposed Revocation by the arresting police officer. In addition to appearing at Superior Court, you must schedule a permit hearing within 10 calendar days if you are a DC resident or within 15 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 10 calendars for DC residents or within 15 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 Revocation, 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.  

"Reinstatement" Hearing

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.

Request for Reconsideration

If the hearing examiner orders the suspension or revocation of your DC driver license or privilege to drive in the District of Columbia, you may request reconsideration of the hearing examiner's decision.  Your request must be in writing (i.e., by mail) and must be received by DC DMV within 30 calendar days of the suspension or revocation hearing decision.  The Request for Reconsideration of a Permit Hearing Decision Form contains additional information.

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.

See Driver Point System for more information about points and license reinstatement.