Apply For Board Certification


Apply For Re-Certification


Rules Governing Board Certification









On behalf of the Board of Regents, we are please to announce the continuation of the College’s Board Certification program. In an effort to assist the public in recognizing lawyers who focus their practice on defending those accused of DUI and who have demonstrated their competence to do so, the Board of Regents certified its first lawyers in 1999. In 2003 the American Bar Association recognized DUI Defense Law as a legal specialty area of practice, and the following year the ABA accredited the College to certify lawyers in the DUI Defense Law specialty area. The NCDD is presently the only organization accredited by the ABA in this specialty field. ABA accreditation is currently recognized in over 20 states, although some states have additional requirements for approval. Please be aware that your certification by the NCDD, Inc. does not mean that your certification will be automatically recognized in your state. Some states require that the specialty area of “DUI Defense Law” be formally adopted in that state before an individual lawyer may be certified as a specialist. If you would like more information regarding certification in this specialty area for your particular state, please review your state’s laws on this topic, then contact one of the Co-Chairmen of this Committee or the Executive Director of the NCDD, Inc. We are now accepting applications for our next “graduating class.” For additional details, please refer to the Rules Governing Board Certification.


In order to be Board Certified, an applicant must satisfy certain minimum practice requirements and pass both written and oral examinations testing his or her knowledge of substantive and procedural law in this field. Specifically, the examination focuses on scientific issues, the NHTSA guidelines on field sobriety tests and drug recognition tests, as well as other legal and ethical issues applicable to the defense of drunk driving cases. See Preparing for the Exam.


Once you pass the examination, you will become Board Certified by the National College for DUI Defense, Inc. for five (5) years subject to the requirements of the National College for DUI Defense, Inc. Your Certification is renewable after five (5) years provided you maintain an active DUI defense practice and meet the standards for re-certification.No written or oral examination is required for re-certification.


If you would like to become Board Certified by the National College for DUI Defense, Inc., you may contact our Executive Director, Rhea Kirk, at (334) 264-1950 to request an application. The rules and application documents are also available online, and may be accessed by clicking the applicable link above. All completed application forms must be submitted with one thousand dollars ($1000.00) to the College in order to open your file. The non-refundable filing fee for this application is two hundred and fifty dollars ($250.00). The examination fee is seven hundred fifty dollars ($750.00). If your application is not approved, the examination fee of seven hundred fifty dollars ($750.00) will be refunded to you.


Upon receipt of the application forms and fees, your application will be reviewed to determine if you meet the application requirements. If so, you will be notified of your eligibility to take the written and oral examinations.


Applications received after the deadline will be considered for testing during the following Winter Session. Once the location and date are finalized, all eligible attorneys will be notified. Completed applications received by August 31, 2017 will be considered for testing on January 17, 2018 at the NCDD Winter Session.


The ability to use Board Certification nomenclature in any context, including your letterhead and advertising, is subject to the rules of the NCDD regarding such usage, and is further subject to the rules of each individual state bar. Please refer to the Rules Governing Board Certification for additional details.


The National College for DUI Defense, Inc. does not directly or indirectly discriminate against any applicant for reasons that include, but are not limited to race, color, actual or perceived gender, gender identity and expression, age, religion, disability, national or ethnic origin, ancestry, marital status, sexual orientation, parental status, military discharge status, or income status.


Thank you for your interest in the Certification Program.




Michael Hawkins Committee Chair,

Steven Oberman Committee Member,

J.J. Paul, III Committee Member,

Joseph St. Louis, Committee Member,

Virginia Landry, Committee Member,

National College for DUI Defense, Inc.