To appeal a license suspension, you need to prove that losing your driver’s license would create a hardship, says the Washington State Department of Licensing. The eligibility is based on your household income and requires documentation to prove it would lead to hardship.
In some areas, requesting a hearing to try and fight the license suspension costs a fee, according to the Washington State Department of Licensing. In Washington, there is a fee if the license is being suspended due to a DUI charge. The hearing in this case can be requested online or by filling out the Request for DUI Hearing form. Some other hearings, such as for a traffic violation or other reason to get the license suspended, might not have a fee. If you are claiming hardship, you might have the fee waived. To do this, fill out and turn in the Application for DUI Indigent Waiver form. In Washington, there are strict poverty guidelines that determine whether or not you can claim hardship. For example, in 2015, the poverty line for a family of four is no more than $2,526 a month.
Only certain types of driver’s license suspensions can be appealed for hardship purposes, says Avvo. Some common ones include accidents or incompetency to drive, probationary license suspensions, first implied consent suspension, or driving while the license is already suspended. An example of an instance where the court might not allow for the hardship hearing is if the license was suspended due to reckless driving. File a local claim of appeal, and wait for the court hearing.