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
AL (Alabama)
1/1/2017YesYesYes21mandatory901802 Citations
AK (Alaska)
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AZ (Arizona)
1/1/2017YesYesYes18discretionary01806 Citations
AR (Arkansas)
1/1/2017YesYes 21mandatory60604 Citations
AR (Arkansas)
1/1/2017YesYes 18discretionary0n/s5 Citations
CA (California)
1/1/2017YesYes 21mandatory3653654 Citations
CO (Colorado)

Prior to August 5, 2009, the license revocation period for a first conviction of underage purchase, possession, or consumption is 24 hours of public service, if ordered by the court, or three months. As of August 5, 2009, the license revocation period is three months if the minor fails to complete an alcohol evaluation or assessment, education program, or treatment program ordered by the court in connection with such conviction.

1/1/2017YesYesYes21mandatoryn/s905 Citations
CT (Connecticut)

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.

1/1/2017 Yes 21mandatory30304 Citations
DE (Delaware)
1/1/2017 YesYes21mandatory30301 Citations
DC (District of Columbia)

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

1/1/2017YesYesYes21mandatory90902 Citations
FL (Florida)
1/1/2017YesYes 18mandatory1803654 Citations
GA (Georgia)
1/1/2017    No Law
1 Citations
HI (Hawaii)
1/1/2017YesYesYes21mandatory180n/s2 Citations
HI (Hawaii)
1/1/2017YesYesYes18discretionary180n/s2 Citations
ID (Idaho)
1/1/2017YesYesYes21mandatoryn/s3653 Citations
IL (Illinois)
1/1/2017YesYesYes21mandatory1801805 Citations
IN (Indiana)
1/1/2017    No Law
3 Citations
IA (Iowa)
1/1/2017Yes Yes18discretionary3653654 Citations
KS (Kansas)
1/1/2017YesYesYes21mandatory30302 Citations
KY (Kentucky)
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LA (Louisiana)

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.

1/1/2017YesYesYes21mandatory903653 Citations
ME (Maine)
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MD (Maryland)
1/1/2017 YesYes18discretionary30904 Citations
MA (Massachusetts)
1/1/2017 Yes 21mandatory90901 Citations
MA (Massachusetts)
1/1/2017Yes  21mandatory1801802 Citations
MI (Michigan)
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MN (Minnesota)
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MS (Mississippi)
1/1/2017YesYes 21mandatoryn/s903 Citations
MO (Missouri)

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).

1/1/2017YesYes 21mandatory30304 Citations
MT (Montana)
1/1/2017 YesYes18mandatory30303 Citations
NE (Nebraska)
1/1/2017 YesYes18discretionary30303 Citations
NV (Nevada)
1/1/2017YesYes 18mandatory907304 Citations
NH (New Hampshire)

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.

1/1/2017YesYes 21discretionary903655 Citations
NJ (New Jersey)
1/1/2017Yes  21mandatory1801802 Citations
NM (New Mexico)
1/1/2017YesYes 18discretionary90903 Citations
NY (New York)
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NC (North Carolina)
1/1/2017Yes  21mandatory3653652 Citations
ND (North Dakota)
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OH (Ohio)
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OK (Oklahoma)

Effective 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.

1/1/2017YesYesYes18mandatory1801806 Citations
OR (Oregon)

Whenever a person who is 17 years of age or younger, but not younger than 13 years of age, is convicted of any offense involving the use or abuse of alcohol, the Department of Transportation shall impose a suspension for one year, or until the person so suspended reaches 17 years of age, whichever is longer.

1/1/2017 YesYes21mandatory3653654 Citations
PA (Pennsylvania)
1/1/2017YesYesYes21mandatory90902 Citations
RI (Rhode Island)
1/1/2017 Yes 21mandatory60603 Citations
RI (Rhode Island)
1/1/2017Yes  21mandatory30304 Citations
SC (South Carolina)
1/1/2017YesYesYes21mandatory1201207 Citations
SD (South Dakota)
1/1/2017YesYesYes21discretionary303652 Citations
TN (Tennessee)

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.

1/1/2017YesYes 21mandatory3653655 Citations
TN (Tennessee)

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.

1/1/2017YesYesYes18mandatory3653655 Citations
TX (Texas)
1/1/2017YesYesYes21mandatory30305 Citations
UT (Utah)
1/1/2017YesYesYes21mandatory3653658 Citations
VT (Vermont)

In Vermont, suspension of a person’s driver’s license for underage possession or consumption is only imposed upon the person's failure to successfully complete a diversion program. APIS does not address diversion provisions.

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VA (Virginia)
1/1/2017YesYesYes18mandatory1801805 Citations
VA (Virginia)
1/1/2017YesYesYes21mandatory1803653 Citations
WA (Washington)

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.

1/1/2017YesYesYes18mandatory3653654 Citations
WV (West Virginia)
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WI (Wisconsin)
1/1/2017YesYesYes21discretionary30904 Citations
WY (Wyoming)
1/1/2017 Yes 19mandatory90902 Citations
US ( United States)

Please see Federal Law for this policy topic.

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