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NC Department of Health and Human Services Division of Mental Health, Developmental Disabilities, and Substance Abuse Services

Driving While Impaired (DWI) Services

How do I locate authorized DWI service providers?

In North Carolina, if you have been convicted of DWI you must get a substance use assessment. Depending on the outcome of the assessment, must complete either an education or treatment program. The Division of Mental Health, Developmental Disabilities and Substance Abuse Services oversees this process.

dwiTo have your driver's license re-instated, after the Division of Motor Vehicles (DMV) revocation period, you must have:

  • Completed a substance use assessment
  • Completed an education ( ADETS) program (If you are NOT given a mental health diagnosis), or
  • Completed recommended treatment (If you ARE given a mental health diagnosis.) Treatment fees vary, but average $18/hour), and
  • Paid State mandatory fees: $100.00 - assessment, $160.00 - ADETS or the first $75.00 of treatment services. Treatment providers charge additional fees that vary among agencies.

All assessments:

  • Must be conducted in person by a qualified or certified substance use professional using both a standardized instrument and a clinical interview.
  • Must take your breath test reading and prior driving record into account.
  • The assessor must have a copy of your "Complete Driving History" from DMV.
  • Must include information from the assessor about other local providers who offer the services you need.
  • The assessor may not charge a fee to transfer your case to another in-state provider.
  • Assessors may charge for special services and for handling out of state cases.
  • You are required to bring your court papers to the assessment.

NOTE: When pulled over, if you do not submit to a breath test or if you register over 0.14%, you must be referred to treatment.

If you enter treatment:

  • You have a right to professional and ethical services based upon your identified level of need.
  • You may be asked to sign treatment contracts. Both the provider and you are expected to honor such contracts.
  • You must have a certified counselor available to you.
  • Treatment groups shall be conducted by trained therapists, be limited to 20 clients and be conducted for the scheduled period of time.

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