California DMV

In California, a person arrested for DUI faces two separate proceedings -- one legal, one administrative. The first is the criminal process: arrest by the officer, charge and court proceedings. The second is the administrative process: seizure of the license by the police, service of a notice of driver's license suspension (and 30-day temporary license), and the right to demand a hearing to contest the suspension. A detailed discussion of the California DMV license suspension is located on this website.

This administrative hearing is held at a local Driver Safety Office of the California Department of Motor Vehicles. The DMV Driver Safety Office locations can be found on the DMV website.

The driver's license suspension is not for driving under the influence. Often called an "administrative per se suspension", it is for driving with a blood-alcohol concentration of .08% or higher, or for refusing to submit to a breath or blood alcohol test. Impairment or intoxication are not issues.

DMV Warning.
Back to Top

Offices Located In


  • Rancho Cucamonga 8608 Utica Avenue, Suite 220, Rancho Cucamonga, CA 91730 909.689.4515
  • Huntington Beach 16152 Beach Blvd, Suite 280, Huntington Beach, CA 92647 562.989.4774
  • Irvine 19800 Macarthur Boulevard #300, Irvine, CA 92612 949.752.1550
  • Long Beach 3780 Kilroy Airport Way #200, Long Beach, CA 90806 562.989.4774
  • Riverside 7121 Magnolia Avenue Suite H, Riverside, CA 92504 951.369.4999
  • Orange 1045 West Katella Avenue #350, Orange, CA 92867 714.716.2589
  • Torrance 21515 Hawthorne Boulevard Suite 200, Torrance, CA 90503 424.271.0490
  • Beverly Hills 468 N. Camden Drive, Second Floor, La Colonade Building, Beverly Hills, CA 90210 310.746.1960

Call or email the Firm’s founder, Lawrence Taylor, or our Managing Attorney, Chris Taylor, for a free consultation.