What happens if I receive too many moving violations for a traffic infraction?
By law, we group these traffic infractions into “occasions,” also known as traffic stops. We count multiple infractions from a single stop as one occasion. We’ll suspend your license for 60 days if you get:
- A conviction of a moving violation on 3 separate occasions in a 12-month period, or
- A conviction of a moving violation on 4 separate occasions in a 24-month period.
There is a 1-year probation period to begin when the suspension ends.
During your probation, we’ll suspend your license for 30 days for each qualifying ticket. This suspension will run consecutively to any suspension on your driving record.
Note: Remember to keep your address current so we can notify you of any changes to your driving status. Within 10 days of moving, please:
- Log in or join to change your address online, or
- Mail us a completed Washington Driver License/ID Card Change of Address form.
How do I get my license back?
To get your license back when the suspension is over:
- Provide us with a proof of financial responsibility (SR-22) insurance certificate.
- Take an approved safe driving course.
- Get a new license.
Get step-by-step instructions
There may be other issues you'll need to take care of to get your license back. To find out what you need to do, see Learn how to reinstate your license.
Can I get a restricted license while I have a suspended licensed?
While you have a suspended license, you may be eligible for an Occupational/Restricted License (ORL).The ORL will allow you drive to work or other necessary appointments until your suspension is over.
Can I contest or appeal the suspension?
You may request a review within 15 days from the date on your suspension letter. The letter we sent to you includes a form for you to request a review.
What will you consider during my appeal?
- Any convictions of a moving violation on 3 separate occasions in a 12-month period.
- Any convictions of a moving violation on 4 separate occasions in a 24-month period.
- Any other traffic infractions for a moving violation during your period of probation.