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Alcohol Treatment

I have been ordered to complete Alcohol Treatment. What do I do?

If you have been ordered to complete the Alcohol Treatment Program, your treatment provider will determine your successful discharge requirements based on guidelines set forth by the Department of Behavioral Healthcare, Developmental Disabilities and Hospitals. Please remember that a treatment provider must be approved by the Department of Behavioral Healthcare, Developmental Disabilities and Hospitals. Please click on the attached link: Alcohol Treatment Providers to search for an approved treatment provider. Treatment from non-approved providers will not be accepted.

After serving your period of license suspension, you can reinstate your driving privilege before your alcohol treatment program has been completed. Your Alcohol Treatment Program must be completed within six (6) months of your conviction date. Please note that the discharge information you provide to the DMV must include both your admission and discharge date, as well as toxicology information. Below are the minimum requirements needed to successfully complete the Alcohol Treatment Program. Please remember that these are only guidelines. As stated previously, your treatment provider will determine your successful discharge requirements.

  1. First offender alcohol treatment requirements:
    • A minimum of 10 to 12 sessions, of which at least four (4) must be individual sessions;
    • Toxicology screens (breathalyzer, and/or urinalysis) are required at your initial assessment, twice a month thereafter, and at last contact;
    • The last two toxicology screens must be negative for illicit substances and alcohol.
  2. Second, or multiple offender requirements:
    • A minimum of 15 to 20 sessions, of which at least four (4) must be individual sessions;
    • Toxicology screens (breathalyzer, and/or urinalysis) are required at your initial assessment, weekly, and at last contact;
    • All toxicology screens must be negative of illicit substances and alcohol.

Frequently Asked Questions Regarding Alcohol Treatment:

  • Can I reinstate my driving privilege before I complete the Alcohol Treatment Program? Yes. You have six (6) months from your conviction date to complete your treatment program. However, receiving an unsatisfactory discharge from the program or failure to complete the program within six (6) months of your conviction date will result in the suspension of your driving privilege until your treatment program is completed.
  • Do I sign up for Alcohol Treatment Program at the Division of Motor Vehicles? No. Upon being ordered to complete Alcohol Treatment by sentencing court, you will receive a packet in the mail. If you do not receive a packet please call Driver Retraining at 401-462-0826.
  • Is there a cost for the Alcohol Treatment Program? There is no fee charged by The Division of Motor Vehicles for the Alcohol Treatment program. All fees are imposed and handled by the treatment providers.