Welcome to the California Department of Alcohol and Drug Programs

Program Licensing

Overview

The Department of Alcohol and Drug Programs (ADP) licenses all Driving-Under-the-Influence (DUI) programs in California. Programs are licensed to provide first and/or multiple offender program services.

The Department currently licenses 240 three-month first offender programs; 186 eighteen-month and 29 thirty-month multiple offender programs statewide. At this time, 30-month multiple offender programs for third and subsequent DUI offenders are only available in Los Angeles and Stanislaus Counties.

License Application

Although ADP is responsible for licensing all DUI programs statewide, the licensing process begins at the county level. Applicants must first contact the appropriate County Alcohol and Drug Program Administration to determine whether applications for new DUI programs are being accepted. Applications may be accepted to provide first offender services, multiple offender services, or both. An application packet may then be obtained from the DUI Branch (see Resources below). Once the application is completed, it must be submitted to the appropriate County Alcohol and Drug Program Administration for approval. The County must submit the application to the Board of Supervisors to obtain a recommendation for licensure. Once the recommendation is obtained, the application must be submitted to ADP, along with a $400 non-refundable application fee.

Within the application, the applicant must demonstrate that it possesses the adequate administrative, fiscal, and operational capabilities to operate a DUI program; the program is clean, safe, and free of alcohol or illicit drug use; and will adhere to all applicable statutes and regulations. After review and approval of the application, a license will be issued to provide DUI services.

Resources

For applicable statutes and regulations, or other information, you may contact us at (916) 322-2964. You may also want to view the membership directory of County Alcohol and Drug Program Administrators Association of California.