Underage Drinking

Use/Lose: Driving Privileges

Laws addressing suspension or revocation of driving privileges as a penalty for underage purchase, possession, or consumption of alcoholic beverages.

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Jurisdiction Policies as of Types of Violation Leading to License
Suspension or Revocation
Upper Age
Limit
Authority to
Impose License
Sanction
Length of Suspension/
Revocation in Days
Citations
Purchase Possession Consumption Suspend
Minimum
Suspend
Maximum
Alabama (3968)
1/1/2020YesYesYes21Mandatory901802 Citations
Alaska (3969)
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Arizona (3970)
1/1/2020YesYesYes18Discretionary01806 Citations
Arkansas (4024)
1/1/2020YesYes 21Mandatory60604 Citations
Arkansas (4023)
1/1/2020YesYes 18Discretionary0n/s5 Citations
California (3971)
1/1/2020YesYes 21Mandatory3653654 Citations
Colorado (4134)
1/1/2020    1 Citations
Connecticut (3973)

In addition to the 30 day suspension penalty mentioned in the table above, Connecticut imposes a license suspension of 60 days if underage possession occurs "on any public street or highway." See Conn. Gen. Stat. §§ 14-111e(a), 30-89(b)(1). APIS does not code provisions that apply only when the minor is located on a public street or highway.

1/1/2020 Yes 21Mandatory30304 Citations
Delaware (5109)
1/1/2020    2 Citations
District of Columbia (3975)

Section designations in the District of Columbia Code were renumbered in connection with the publication of the D.C. Official Code, 2001 Edition.

1/1/2020YesYesYes21Mandatory90902 Citations
Florida (5112)
1/1/2020    No Law
1 Citations
Georgia (3977)
1/1/2020    No Law
1 Citations
Hawaii (4019)
1/1/2020YesYesYes18Discretionary180n/s2 Citations
Hawaii (4041)
1/1/2020YesYesYes21Mandatory180n/s2 Citations
Idaho (3978)
1/1/2020YesYesYes21Mandatoryn/s3653 Citations
Illinois (4025)
1/1/2020YesYesYes21Mandatory1801805 Citations
Indiana (3980)
1/1/2020    No Law
3 Citations
Iowa (3981)
1/1/2020Yes Yes18Discretionary3653654 Citations
Kansas (3982)
1/1/2020YesYesYes21Mandatory30302 Citations
Kentucky (4010)
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Louisiana (3983)

In Louisiana, a person between the ages of 13 and 18 years old who is adjudicated delinquent of a crime or offense involving alcohol shall lose his or her driving privileges for not less than 90 days but not more than one year or until he or she has reached the age of 18 years, whichever is longer.

1/1/2020YesYesYes21Mandatory903653 Citations
Maine (3984)
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Maryland (4026)
1/1/2020 YesYes18Discretionary30904 Citations
Massachusetts (4049)
1/1/2020 Yes 21Mandatory90901 Citations
Massachusetts (4011)
1/1/2020Yes  21Mandatory1801802 Citations
Michigan (3985)
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Minnesota (3986)
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Mississippi (3987)
1/1/2020YesYes 21Mandatoryn/s903 Citations
Missouri (3988)

Although Missouri does not authorize a Use / Lose penalty for all underage consumption, a law that became effective on August 28, 2005 imposes the mandatory license sanction on an underage person who “has a detectable blood alcohol content of more than two-hundredths of one percent or more by weight of alcohol in such person's blood.” See Mo. Rev. Stat. §§ 311.325(1), 577.500(2) (2005), 302.400 (2017).

1/1/2020YesYes 21Mandatory30304 Citations
Montana (3989)
1/1/2020 YesYes18Mandatory30303 Citations
Nebraska (3990)
1/1/2020 YesYes18Discretionary30303 Citations
Nevada (3991)
1/1/2020YesYes 18Mandatory907304 Citations
New Hampshire (3992)

Although New Hampshire does not authorize a Use / Lose penalty for all underage consumption, a law that became effective on January 1, 2003, imposes a discretionary license sanction on minors who are "intoxicated by consumption of an alcoholic beverage," and provides that an alcohol concentration "of .02 or more shall be prima facie evidence of intoxication.” See N.H. Rev. Stat. Ann. §§ 179:10(I), 263:56-b.

1/1/2020YesYes 21Discretionary903655 Citations
New Jersey (3993)
1/1/2020Yes  21Mandatory1801802 Citations
New Mexico (4013)
1/1/2020YesYes 18Discretionary90903 Citations
New York (3994)
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North Carolina (3995)
1/1/2020Yes  21Mandatory3653652 Citations
North Dakota (3996)
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Ohio (3997)
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Oklahoma (4147)

Beginning on October 1, 2018, the denial of driving privileges is a consequence imposed on those under 18 years who have possessed any intoxicating beverage or low-point beer. Between September 30, 2018 and November 1, 2015, the denial of driving privileges is a consequence imposed on those under 18 years who have purchased, possessed or consumed low-point beer (defined as containing not more than 3.2 percent ABW) or any intoxicating beverage. Prior to November 2015, the denial of driving privileges was a consequence imposed on those under 18 years who have possessed an intoxicating beverage or purchased, possessed, or consumed low-point beer. Between July 1, 2006 and October 31, 2010, the law required the court to order the Department of Public Safety to cancel or deny driving privileges for a period of 6 months for a first offense from the date of the offense or from the date the person reaches 16 years, whichever period of time is longer. In addition, the court has the discretion to impose a longer cancellation or denial period which can extend to the offender’s 21st birthday. After November 1, 2010, the legislature did not change the 6 month mandatory period and the provision regarding the court’s discretion to impose a longer penalty but revised the law’s application to those under 16 years of age. It no longer requires the court to begin the 6 month mandatory cancellation or denial period upon the 16th birthday. It instead requires that the period be extended to the offender’s 16th birthday if the period would otherwise end before that date.

1/1/2020 Yes 18Mandatory1801803 Citations
Oregon (4129)
1/1/2020    No Law
1 Citations
Pennsylvania (5111)
1/1/2020    No Law
1 Citations
Rhode Island (4071)
1/1/2020 Yes 21Mandatory60603 Citations
Rhode Island (4000)
1/1/2020Yes  21Mandatory30304 Citations
South Carolina (4001)
1/1/2020YesYesYes21Mandatory1201207 Citations
South Dakota (4027)
1/1/2020YesYesYes21Discretionary303651 Citations
Tennessee (4017)

In Tennessee, the driving privileges of an offender shall be suspended for one year, or until the offender reaches 17 years of age, whichever is longer.

1/1/2020YesYesYes18Mandatory3653655 Citations
Tennessee (4074)
1/1/2020YesYes 21Mandatory3653655 Citations
Texas (4003)
1/1/2020YesYesYes21Mandatory30305 Citations
Utah (4022)
1/1/2020YesYesYes21Mandatory3653658 Citations
Vermont (4005)
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Virginia (4020)
1/1/2020YesYesYes18Mandatory1801805 Citations
Virginia (4018)
1/1/2020YesYesYes21Mandatory1803653 Citations
Washington (4006)

In Washington, the driving privileges of a juvenile shall be revoked for one year, or until the juvenile reaches 17 years of age, whichever is longer.

1/1/2020YesYesYes18Mandatory3653654 Citations
West Virginia (4007)
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Wisconsin (4008)
1/1/2020YesYesYes21Discretionary30904 Citations
Wyoming (4009)
1/1/2020 Yes 19Mandatory90902 Citations
United States (3967)

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