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169A.54 DWI CONVICTIONS, ADJUDICATIONS; ADMINISTRATIVE PENALTIES.
    Subdivision 1. Revocation periods for DWI convictions. Except as provided in subdivision
7, the commissioner shall revoke the driver's license of a person convicted of violating section
169A.20 (driving while impaired) or an ordinance in conformity with it, as follows:
(1) for an offense under section 169A.20, subdivision 1 (driving while impaired crime):
not less than 30 days;
(2) for an offense under section 169A.20, subdivision 2 (refusal to submit to chemical
test crime): not less than 90 days;
(3) for an offense occurring within ten years of a qualified prior impaired driving incident:
(i) if the current conviction is for a violation of section 169A.20, subdivision 1, not less than
180 days and until the court has certified that treatment or rehabilitation has been successfully
completed where prescribed in accordance with section 169A.70 (chemical use assessments); or
(ii) if the current conviction is for a violation of section 169A.20, subdivision 2, not less than
one year and until the court has certified that treatment or rehabilitation has been successfully
completed where prescribed in accordance with section 169A.70;
(4) for an offense occurring within ten years of the first of two qualified prior impaired
driving incidents: not less than one year, together with denial under section 171.04, subdivision
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, clause (10), until rehabilitation is established in accordance with standards established by
the commissioner; or
(5) for an offense occurring within ten years of the first of three or more qualified prior
impaired driving incidents: not less than two years, together with denial under section 171.04,
subdivision 1
, clause (10), until rehabilitation is established in accordance with standards
established by the commissioner.
    Subd. 2. Driving while impaired by person under age 21. If the person convicted of
violating section 169A.20 (driving while impaired) is under the age of 21 years at the time of the
violation, the commissioner shall revoke the offender's driver's license or operating privileges for
a period of six months or for the appropriate period of time under subdivision 1, clauses (1) to
(5), for the offense committed, whichever is the greatest period.
    Subd. 3. Juvenile adjudications. For purposes of this section, a juvenile adjudication under
section 169A.20 (driving while impaired), an ordinance in conformity with it, or a statute or
ordinance from another state in conformity with it is an offense.
    Subd. 4. Violations involving personal injury. Whenever department records show that
the violation involved personal injury or death to any person, at least 90 additional days must
be added to the base periods provided in subdivisions 1 to 3.
    Subd. 5. Violations involving alcohol concentration of 0.20 or more. If the person is
convicted of violating section 169A.20 (driving while impaired) while having an alcohol
concentration of 0.20 or more as measured at the time, or within two hours of the time, of the
offense, the commissioner shall revoke the person's driver's license for twice the period of time
otherwise provided for in this section.
    Subd. 6. Applicability of implied consent revocation. (a) Any person whose license has
been revoked pursuant to section 169A.52 (license revocation for test failure or refusal) as the
result of the same incident, and who does not have a qualified prior impaired driving incident, is
subject to the mandatory revocation provisions of subdivision 1, clause (1) or (2), in lieu of the
mandatory revocation provisions of section 169A.52.
(b) Paragraph (a) does not apply to:
(1) a person whose license has been revoked under subdivision 2 (driving while impaired
by person under age 21); or
(2) a person whose driver's license has been revoked for, or who is charged with, a violation
of section 169A.20 (driving while impaired) with an aggravating factor described in section
169A.03, subdivision 3, clause (2) or (3).
    Subd. 7. Alcohol-related commercial vehicle driving violations. (a) The administrative
penalties described in subdivision 1 do not apply to violations of section 169A.20, subdivision
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(driving while impaired crime), by a person operating a commercial motor vehicle unless
the person's alcohol concentration as measured at the time, or within two hours of the time, of
the operation was 0.08 or more or the person violates section 169A.20, subdivision 1, clauses
(1) to (4) or (7).
(b) The commissioner shall disqualify a person from operating a commercial motor vehicle
as provided under section 171.165 (commercial driver's license, disqualification), on receipt of a
record of conviction for a violation of section 169A.20.
(c) A person driving, operating, or in physical control of a commercial motor vehicle with
any presence of alcohol is prohibited from operating a commercial motor vehicle for 24 hours
from issuance of an out-of-service order.
    Subd. 8. Underage drinking and driving violations. The administrative penalties described
in section 169A.33, subdivision 3, apply to violations of section 169A.33 (underage drinking
and driving).
    Subd. 9. Alcohol-related school bus driving violations. The administrative penalties
described in section 171.3215 (canceling school bus endorsements for certain offenses) apply
to violations of section 169A.20 (driving while impaired) by a person driving, operating, or in
physical control of a school bus or Head Start bus.
    Subd. 10. License revocation; court invalidation. (a) Except as provided in subdivision 7,
on behalf of the commissioner, a court shall serve notice of revocation or cancellation on a person
convicted of a violation of section 169A.20 (driving while impaired) unless the commissioner has
already revoked the person's driving privileges or served the person with a notice of revocation
for a violation of section 169A.52 (license revocation for test failure or refusal) arising out of the
same incident.
(b) The court shall invalidate the driver's license or permit in such a way that no identifying
information is destroyed.
    Subd. 11. Chemical use assessment. When the evidentiary test shows an alcohol
concentration of 0.07 or more, that result must be reported to the commissioner. The commissioner
shall record that fact on the driver's record. When the driver's record shows a second or
subsequent report of an alcohol concentration of 0.07 or more within two years of a recorded
report, the commissioner may require that the driver have a chemical use assessment meeting
the commissioner's requirements. The assessment must be at the driver's expense. In no event
shall the commissioner deny the license of a person who refuses to take the assessment or to
undertake treatment, if treatment is indicated by the assessment, for longer than 90 days. If an
assessment is made pursuant to this section, the commissioner may waive the assessment required
by section 169A.70.
History: 2000 c 478 art 1 s 34; 1Sp2001 c 8 art 12 s 8; 1Sp2003 c 2 art 9 s 14; 2004 c 283 s 9