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The DDS FORM 1127 Sticker

What if the officer took my license, and put a sticker on my DUI citation?

This sticker is called a "DDS Form 1127." It is so-named because of the tiny font on the lower portion of the sticker says "DDS 1127."

This sticker serves as your temporary driving permit for 180 days. Don't lose it!

The DS-1127 is very different from other forms issued in DUI cases; in fact, approximately only 2% of those arrested are issued a DS-1127.

Who gets a DDS Form 1127 sticker?

Georgia law lays out only three categories of drivers who get their licenses seized (and are given temporary permits) upon arrest for DUI (See OCGA § 40-5-67(a):

(1) At the time the law enforcement officer takes the driver's license, the officer shall issue a temporary driving permit to the person as follows:
(A) If the driver refuses to submit to a test or tests to determine the presence of alcohol or drugs as required in Code Section 40-5-55, the officer shall issue a 45 day temporary driving permit [this is the DDS form 1205];
(B) If the driver's license is required to be suspended under Code Section 40-5-67.1 [meaning you blew over the limit], the officer shall issue a 45 day temporary driving permit (this is the DDS form 1205); or
(C) If the test or tests administered pursuant to Code Section 40-5-55 indicate an alcohol concentration in violation of Code Section 40-6-391 butless than the level for an administrative suspension of the license under subsection (c) of Code Section 40-5-67.1[meaning you blew under .08 but above .05], the officer shall issue a 180 day temporary driving permit [this is the DDS form 1127 sticker]

 According to DDS, the DDS Form 1127 are only issued in one circumstance, "[a]t the time a law enforcement officer takes a person's driver's license for an alcohol concentration in violation of O.C.G.A. §40-6-391 but less than the level for an administrative license suspension under O.C.G.A. §40-5-67.1, the officer shall issue a 180-day temporary driving permit. This permit shall be valid until the expiration of 180-days or until the person's driving privilege is suspended or revoked." In other words, you're only supposed to get one of these if you blew less than 0.08 but above a 0.05. 

In practice, we find officers mostly give these out when someone has done a blood test (and the results aren't back yet). 

What if I my case isn't closed and the 180 days has run out?

In order to have your driving privileges extended beyond the 180-day period, you will need to file a petition with the judge who hears your criminal case.

According to DDS: "When the sticker expires and the case has not yet been adjudicated, the customer should go to the closest DDS Customer Service Center (CSC) with the letter or notice from the court/solicitor that the case has not yet been adjudicated and the citation showing the 180-day sticker issued at bottom. The DDS team member will contact the DDS help desk who will issue a temporary permit (like the ALS permit), which will be faxed to the customer while at the CSC, with the original placed in the mail to the customer."

In other words, we have to get a document from either the Judge or the assigned prosecutor saying your case has not yet been resolved. You take that letter to the DDS and they'll give you a temporary permit (that is like the ALS permit). 

NOTE: Driving after this 180 days has run out (and without getting it extended as explained above) could result in additional penalties, so ensuring you're on the right side of the law is strongly recommended.  

If you have questions about the DS-1127 form or appealing your license suspension before 180 days lapses, fill out the 100% confidential form. Or, call us at 770-249-4405

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