Re-licensing after the IDP

  • The Drinking Driver Program (DDP) is now called the Impaired Driver Program (IDP).  As this new name is being implemented, you may see the two names interchangeably.


You may be eligible for full non-Commercial Driver License (non-CDL) driving privileges after you complete the Impaired Driver Program (IDP) (previously known as Drinking Driving Program or DDP), all recommended formal evaluations, and any required treatment. Your Commercial Driver License (CDL) or commercial driving privileges will remain suspended or revoked until the end of the CDL suspension or revocation. After the end of the CDL suspension or revocation, you must go to a state or county motor vehicle office to apply for restoration of your CDL or commercial driving privileges.

Re-licensing after suspension

If your original license has been suspended, you must take these steps

Re-licensing after revocation

If your original license has been revoked, you must take these steps

  • complete the IDP
  • bring your conditional license to any state or county motor vehicle office
  • meet all DMV requirements and criteria for re-licensing
  • pay any required license fees

Please Note: Re-licensing after revocation is not automatic. For some revocations, you must first request and receive approval from the DMV Driver Improvement Unit (DIU) before you can apply for a new driver license at a DMV office.  For more information, see Restore License after Revocation

The DMV cannot consider your application for re-licensing until the end of the revocation period if you

  • originally had refused a request for an alcohol or drug test
  • had committed the alcohol or drug-related violation while driving a commercial motor vehicle
  • were under 21 at the time of your arrest

However, if you complete the IDP and have a conditional license, you may continue driving in conditional status during the remainder of the revocation period.