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Zero Tolerance Law

If you're under 21:

  • The maximum blood alcohol concentration (BAC) you can have is 0.01%.
  • If you drive with a BAC level above 0.01%, you will lose your license. The DMV will show this as an alcohol conviction on your license if you drive with a BAC level greater than 0.01%.
  • If you drive a vehicle with 0.05% or more of alcohol in your system, you can be prosecuted in court, and your driver's license may be suspended or delayed until you are 21.
  • Your license can be suspended, even if no driving was involved in the drug- or alcohol-related offense.
  • A license may be refused to you if you have a history of alcohol or drug abuse or have used a license illegally.
  • DUI convictions stay on a driver's record for 13 years and will affect your insurance premiums for that entire time.
  • As of January 1, 2007, anyone under the age of 21 operating a vehicle with a BAC of 0.01% or above will be cited with an infraction carrying fines of $70 to $100 for the first violation, $200 for the second violation if within the first year, and $300 for the third violation if within the first year, plus penalties and assessments at 3.5 times the base fee, or about $2 for every $10 fined.

At any age, it is illegal for you to use a fake ID to purchase alcohol.