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WV DUI Safety and Treatment Program Requirements

Attention: Pending DUI Safety & Treatment Program Transition from WV DHHR to WV DMV

Please note that effective June 7, 2019 oversight of both in state and out of state DUI Safety and Treatment programs will be transferring from the West Virginia Bureau for Behavioral Health, Department of Health & Human Resources to the West Virginia Division of Motor Vehicles’ Driver’s Services DUI and Interlock Unit. 

The DMV is in the process of obtaining a dedicated phone line to use for fielding calls related to DUI Safety and Treatment services but in the interim please note their existing contact information below:

DMV Contact Information:
5707 MacCorkle Avenue, SE, Charleston, WV 25317
Phone 1-304-558-3900 Hearing Impaired 1-800-742-6991
Toll-Free 1-800-642-9066 (WV Residents Only)

DUI process overview.  The West Virginia Driving Under the Influence Program is established per West Virginia Code §17C-5A-3.   West Virginia Code of State rules 64 CSR 98 establishes the guidelines for clinical assessment of all DUI Safety and Treatment program participants.  The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources Bureau for Behavioral Health Program Standards sets forth the specific clinical standards for the West Virginia Safety and Treatment Program.

West Virginia law stipulates that individuals, found to have been operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated -- either by failing a sobriety test of refusing to test, must complete a mandated comprehensive safety and treatment program.

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WV Residents Information

If you received a DUI in the state of West Virginia, you will need to complete the following before your driver's license can be reinstated. Note that in some cases additional penalties/requirements may be imposed by the court system, the Department of Motor Vehicles, and/or Department of Health and Human Resources.

  • Complete a substance abuse evaluation and follow any treatment recommendations as stipulated by the evaluator. Need help finding a licensed substance abuse evaluator in West Virginia? Find Services in your County by clicking here or call 1-877-215-2522.
  • Successfully complete an 18-hour driver under the influence education program.  There are a number of providers that have been approved to provide this program in the state of West Virginia.  General questions regarding the driver under the influence program may be directed to 1-877-215-2522.

If you have more than one DUI offense you are considered a multiple/habitual offender in the State of West Virginia, and are advised to seek assessment and admission to a structured, clinically based, substance abuse treatment program designed for multiple/habitual DUI offenders. The intensity of services shall be based upon a clinical assessment completed at the time of program admission by a substance abuse professional using American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM) Patient Placement Criteria. The successful completion of multiple/habitual DUI offender programming is a step to secure reinstatement of driving privileges administratively suspended as a result of second offense DUI per Chapter 17C-5A-3 of WV State Code.


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