The California DMV has a myriad of ways to be evil to those arrested or convicted of a DUI.
One of the biggest sources of frustration is when an out of state resident gets a DUI here and goes
back to their home state and get a letter in the mail explaining their license is suspended and will
not be restored unless they complete an in state DUI program, in California. Or another
example is the person gets a DUI in California -- then moves to another state where they
satisfy the terms of your court ordered probation by waiting out the suspension period and
compeleting an out-of-state DUI Program. They then find that regardless of whether you
move back to California, no DMV in the country will give you driver's license. What
are your options?.
Answer: You have two options (1) stay in California and complete the alcohol classes,
or (2) move to another state and waive your "privilege" to drive in
So long as you live in California, Calfiornia DMV will never accept
completion of an alcohol class from another state. The class must be taken in California even if the
court accepted an out-of-state program in satisfaction of probation. Note: DMV & Court are
If you move out-of-state, you can call DMV Mandatory Actions Unit in
Sacramento, California, at (916) 657-6525 and ask for a "1650 waiver packet." They
will only mail this packet to the licensee at an out-of-state address (you will also have to prove
you live out-of-state with a utility bill or such). This waiver allows out-of-state licensees
to drive in California, but does not allow the out-of-state licensee to acquire a California license
within 3 years of filing the waiver. One can only qualify for the 1650 waiver once in a
lifetime as of March of 2005. The 1650 Waiver removes the California hold, assuming an SR22 is
also on file with DMV.
If you come back to California within 3-years and want your
license back, you will have to take the applicable in state California DUI class.