Yes, it is possible to get an out-of-state driver’s license without having to complete your required California DUI class.
Normally, when you are convicted of a first-time DUI, your license is suspended for 6 months and you will be ordered to complete a 3-6 month DUI class. If you move to another state during this time, you cannot substitute an out-of-state DUI class to satisfy the California DMV’s requirements. For license purposes, the DMV does not accept DUI classes from other states.
Since it is unrealistic to expect you to take a California class while living in another state, you will need the DMV Mandatory Action Unit to send you something called a “1650 Waiver Packet.” To make a request, you will need to call their office at (916) 657-6525. This packet is supposedly only available once in a lifetime and only you may personally request it. Getting this waiver will also require that you prove your out-of-state residency (i.e., utility bill).
If your packet waiver is accepted, you will not be required to complete a DUI class. This means you will be free to register for an out-of-state license and may also drive in California as an out-of-state licensee. However, you cannot register for a California license for three years.
Although you may not have to complete your DUI class, you may still have to wait until after your license suspension period has ended before submitting your waiver packet. You will also need to call in and ask if you qualify before making the request.
A DUI arrest can result in a number of inconvenient and debilitating consequences. To ensure the best results, you will need to advice and legal expertise of a skilled DUI defense attorney. At Wallin & Klarich, our attorneys have been in practice for over 30 years and can help you defend against DUI charges. Call us today at (877) 4-NO-JAIL or (877) 466-5245. We will be there for you when you call.