How To Request A Habitual Traffic Offender (HTO) Hearing

Kitsap Criminal Defense Attorney Ryan Witt

If you have been declared a “Habitual Traffic Offender”, or HTO, you may be able to have the revocation stayed (not imposed). In order to do this, you must submit a HTO Hearing Request Form. 


Eligibility For HTO Hearing 

If the offenses that led to the HTO were caused by drug or alcohol dependency, you may request a hearing to have your license revocation stayed (not imposed). A stay may be granted if:

•  You’ve been assessed as “substance dependent”.  To prove you meet this requirement, you must contact your assessing agency and have them submit a completed Assessment/Treatment Report from a State certified agency. 

•  Since the last offense, you’ve completed a treatment program or have completed the first 60 days of treatment with current compliance.

 •  You aren’t in HTO status for violating a previous stay or probation.

•  The offenses leading to your license revocation were caused by or the result of alcoholism or drug addiction.

•  You’ve been in HTO status for at least 4 years.

•  There’s no evidence you’ve driven within the past 2 years.

•  You’ve met all alcohol requirements (if any).

•  You aren’t suspended for non-compliance with treatment.

•  At least 1 year has passed since any previous reinstatement requests have been denied.

How To Request An HTO Hearing

To request an HTO hearing, complete a Habitual Traffic Offender Hearing Request, found at the bottom of this article.


The completed form can be sent through the mail:

Hearing and Interviews Section
Department of Licensing
PO Box 9031
Olympia, WA 98507

The completed form can be sent via fax:

(360) 570-4950


CLICK HERE to access the HTO Hearing Request Form

HTO Hearing Request Form