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Minor In Possession Law


The 2017 Legislature passed changes in the law on minors in possession of drugs and/or alcohol (MIP) with regard to suspension/revocation of the driving privilege.

The Department of Licensing will be notified in the following circumstances:

  1. Juvenile was 13 years or older at the time he/she committed the following offense: Alcohol under RCW 66.44; VUCSA under 69.50; Legend drug under RCW 69.41; Imitation drugs under RCW 69.52; UPFA <18 RCW 9.41.020(2)(iv); and/or, an offense while Armed with a Firearm RCW 13.40.196; AND, Juvenile has a prior offense for the same offense. See, RCW 13.40.265.
  2. Juvenile committed the following offense: UPFA 1 or 2 under RCW 9.41.040; and/or, an offense while Armed with a Firearm RCW 13.40.196 during the offense; AND Juvenile previously committed one or more of the following offenses: Alcohol under RCW 66.44; VUCSA under 69.50; Legend drug under RCW 69.41; Imitation drugs under RCW 69.52; UPFA <18 RCW 9.41.020(2)(iv); and/or, an offense while Armed with a Firearm RCW 13.40.196; See, RCW 9.41.040(5).
  3. Juvenile committed the following offense: DUI; Physical Control; DWLS 1 & 2; Vehicular Assault/Homicide; Hit & Run Attended; Reckless Driving; any felony which a vehicle used in commission (except TMFWOP2 where the court finds the respondent is a passenger only in committing the offense); False Statements under RCW 46; Felony Elude; Unattend Child in Running Vehicle (2nd or subsequent conviction); Reckless Endangerment of Road Workers; and/or Theft of Motor Vehicle Fuel. See RCW 46.20.285, 46.64.5055(9), 46.20.342(2), 46.61.524, 46.52.020(6), 46.61.500(2), 46.61.024(3), 46.61.685(2), 46.61.527(5), 46.61.740(2), and 46.20.270.

For questions pertaining to suspensions and reinstatements, contact the Department of Licensing in Olympia at 360-902-3900.

Juvenile and Family Services
1912 West 18th Street
Port Angeles, WA 98363
360-417-2282
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