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dui almost 7 years ago, do I still need classes?

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Junior Member
What is the name of your state? CA


In November of 98' I had a DUI. I paid my fines and completed the community service. The only thing I didn't do was the DUI classes that the DMV require to get your license back. They were very exspensive and I was short on funds after paying the other fines. I live and work in San Francisco and really didn't have the need for my license at that time so I decided that I would do the classes later. Now I need to get my license back and when I was looking into what I needed to do to get it back I noticed that in Novemeber of this year it will be 7 years since it happened. I had heard that a DUI falls off after 7 years, so does that mean that I can just go in and reapply, or are they still going to ask me for my pink completion form from the DUI classes? If they do still require the form do I have to go back to court to get enrolled in the classes again?



Senior Member
A DUI does NOT fall off after seven years. The lookback for the crime used to be seven years, and traffic violations drop off after 7 years, but a suspension is forever.

You will have to contact the DMV directly and find out what they require to release your license.

- Carl


Junior Member
I didn't think that was true, but thought that I would ask. Thank you for the information... I should have just figured out a way to get the money in the first place and taken care of it then... Lesson learned...

I don't know how it is in CA, but I live in Idaho, unless the whole program is finished, no license. I also stood in front of a judge that informed me he had gone back further than 7 years to see my track record. When I told him I didn't think he could do that, he informed me he was the judge, and he was in charge not me. Whoops! I did learn a lesson. Good Luck.

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