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12-Hour Alcohol Education Program


The 12-Hour Alcohol Education Program (AEP) is an instructional program intended to provide rehabilitation for individuals convicted of driving under the influence of alcohol (DUI) or driving while intoxicated (DWI).

You may have been assigned to the AEP for one of the following reasons:

  • You were referred by a District Court judge.
  • You were referred by an Administrative Law Judge in the Office of Administrative Hearings (OAH).
  • You applied for a new driver’s license after your original license was revoked due to an alcohol-related incident.

If you are required to attend an AEP, the MVA will send you a referral letter. The letter will provide instructions for arranging a preliminary alcohol assessment and attending an alcohol education program.

The results of the alcohol assessment will determine if you are considered an alcohol abuser or alcohol dependent. If you are identified as either an alcohol abuser or alcohol dependent you will be required to successfully complete the longer, 26-week Alcohol Treatment Program, which incorporates the 12-hour AEP curriculum.


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What do I have to do if I must attend a 12-Hour Alcohol Education Program (AEP)? 

If you are not identified as either an alcohol abuser or alcohol dependent, you will be required to successfully complete only one 12-Hour AEP.

These are the things you must do: 

  • You must contact an AEP provider to sign-up for one of the sessions offered.
  • The program must begin within 90 days from the due date printed in the top right hand corner on your referral letter.
  • You must take the referral letter to your AEP session.
  • If you misplace your letter and need a duplicate referral letter to take to class, please visit an MVA branch office or contact the Driver Improvement Programs Unit in the Driver Wellness and Safety Division. If a branch office is contacted, the branch representative will contact the Driver Improvement Programs Unit which will print the duplicate letter. The letter will be available at the counter or will be faxed or mailed to you within 24 hours.

Upon successful completion of the AEP session, you will receive a letter verifying your completion from the program provider. For more information on the AEP program, please visit’s website dedicated to it.