Do All States Permanently Suspend a License on a 3rd DUI Conviction?

On the 3rd conviction or a felony DUII in the state of Oregon drivers will lose their license permanently. When looking at other states this is the most severe punishment. It is important to note that this is after a third DUII conviction in the state of Oregon. For more on license suspension after an Oregon DUI use this page – License Suspension in Oregon.

Below you will find the license suspension time period after the 3rd conviction in all 50 states and Washington, DC. Over time we are going to verify this data with DUI lawyers in each respective state. If you are a DUI lawyer in a state that has not been verified please email us at We will verify the information and credit you with a reference to your legal practice.

Alabama – 3 years

Alaska – 3 years to permanent – In Alaska, if you have 3 DUI convictions in 10 years, you receive a felony and lifetime revocation of your license.  There is a possibility of getting your license back after 10 years. If you receive a third DUI, but it is not your third within 10 years, say, three DUIs in 15 years, you receive a 3 year license suspension. Explained by Ben Crittenden of the Law Office of Ben Crittenden.

Arizona – 1 to 3 years – A third DUI can be charged either as a misdemeanor or a felony offense. If your prior two DUI’s are within 84 months of your 3rd DUI, you will most likely be charged with a felony offense and your license will be revoked for one year. If your third DUI within 84 months is only charged as a misdemeanor and you are convicted, your license will be revoked for a minimum of three years. If your third DUI is not within 84 months of your first DUI, it will be charged as a misdemeanor as long as your license was not suspended, restricted, or revoked on the date you were arrested and you did not have a child under the age of 15 in the car at the time. A conviction under this scenario will result in a one year revocation of your license, but you can apply for a restricted interlock license after 45 days of the revocation have lapsed. Explained by David Michael Cantor of The Law Offices of David Michael Cantor.

Arkansas – 30 months – There is a difference in DWI (.08 or above regardless of age) and DUI (under 21 years old and BAC 0.02-0.07) in Arkansas. 3rd DUI is revocation for 3 years or until 21, whichever is longer. 3rd DWI is a suspension for 30 months. Explained by Brandon Moffitt of Moffitt and Phillips Attorneys, LLC.

California – 3 years

Colorado – 2 years

Connecticut – permanent

Delaware – 24 to 36 months

Washington, DC – 2 years

Florida – 10 years (can be reduced to 2 years)

Georgia – 5 years – A 3rd in 5 (as measured from date of arrest to date of arrest) results in being declared a habitual violator and a 5-yr suspension. Information verified by Atlanta DUI Attorney Ben Sessions.

Hawaii – 1 to 5 years

Idaho – 1 to 5 years

Illinois – minimum of 10 years

Indiana – minimum of 1 year up to 10 years

Iowa – 6 years

Kansas – 1 year

Kentucky – 2 years is the suspension for a DUI 3rd conviction in Kentucky. Information confirmed by Hugh Barrow of Barrow Law Group.

Louisiana – 2 years

Maine – 6 years

Maryland – minimum of 18 months

Massachusetts – 8 years – Information confirmed by Russell Matson of The Law Offices of Russell Matson.

Michigan – minimum of 1 year – Three DUI convictions within 10 years results is a minimum five year license revocation in Michigan. Two within seven (7) is one year. Information provided by Barton Morris of The Law Offices of Barton Morris.

Minnesota – minimum of 1 year

Mississippi – 5 years

Missouri – 10 years

Montana – 1 year

Nebraska – 2 to 15 years

Nevada – 3 years

New Hampshire – indefinitely

New Jersey – 10 years

New Mexico – 3 years

New York – minimum of 1 year – A second conviction results in a 1 year suspension. A third conviction will result in a year suspension by the courts but the NYS DMV may impose a permanent suspension. Information provided by Jason Steinberger of The Law Offices of Jason Steinberger.

North Carolina – 1 year to permanent

North Dakota – 2 to 3 years

Ohio – 1 to 10 years

Oklahoma – 1 year

Oregon – permanent

Pennsylvania – 1 year

Rhode Island – minimum of 2 years

South Carolina – 2 years

South Dakota – 1 year

Tennessee – The license revocation period in Tennessee for a third offense is now 6 years, with the possibility of a restricted license with an ignition interlock device. Information provided by Tennessee DUI Lawyer Steve Oberman.

Texas – 180 days to 2 years – If a person is convicted with a 3rd DWI within ten years in the great state of Texas, the Division of Motor Vehicles will lead to an automatic 2-year suspension along with most likely jail time and a maxium fine of $10,000.  Information provided by Texas Bail Bond Company, Bail Bonds Network.

Utah – 2 years. If a person is convicted of a 3rd DUI within 10 years in Utah, the DMV revokes the licenses for a minimum of 2 years. They cannot petition for a restricted license. This information was provided by Utah DUI attorney, Dennis Pawelek.

Vermont – permanent

Virginia – indefinitely – If a person is convicted of a 3rd DUI within 10 years in Virginia, DMV revokes the license indefinitely. (46.2-391(B)) After 3 years, they can petition for a restricted license. After 5 years, they can petition for full restoration of their license. That’s all from this statute. This information was provided by Andrew Flusche Virginia DUI Attorney at Law.

Washington – 3 to 4 years

West Virginia – 1 year

Wisconsin – 2 to 3 years

Wyoming – 3 years