Is your license suspended immediately after a DUI?

After being arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence (DUI) in California, your driver’s license will be subject to an automatic suspension from the California Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV).  This suspension does not take place immediately.  You have 10 days after your arrest to request a DMV hearing.  Doing so will put a temporary hold on your license suspension.  If you do not request a hearing, then your license will be suspended by the DMV within 10 days of your arrest.  This is known as an administrative suspension.

If you are convicted of or plead guilty to a DUI in California, then your license will be suspended through a court-triggered process.  This suspension does not happen immediately after your conviction.  Instead, the court will notify the DMV of your conviction or guilty plea, and the DMV will impose the suspension.

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