DWI School


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DWI School includes twelve hours of education covering:

  • Laws of New Mexico
  • National data on DWI
  • Physiological effects of alcohol
  • Alcohol and Driving Skills
  • Alcohol and the family
  • The offender's assessment of use and abuse of alcohol and life style changes to prevent a future DWI


Registration for the Santa Fe DWI. School must be conducted at the City of Santa Fe Police Department located at 2515 Camino Entrada, Santa Fe, N M  87507.

Come into the Police Department any time between 8:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m., or you may call Laura Vigil at (505) 955-5086 to schedule an appointment to register in person. The Santa Fe Police Department’s administrative offices are closed on weekends, and all recognized holidays.

DWI School Registration
(505) 955-5086

It is required that you bring your court order Referral Form (your court paperwork) that is sentencing you to attend and complete DWI School and $175.00. Registration fee must be brought in at the time of registration. We do not accept installment payments, nor do we allow deferred payments or offer financial aid for the enrollment fee. We accept cash (exact change of $175.00), a cashier’s check, or money order, made payable to The City of Santa Fe.

Beginning July 15, 2017 we will begin accepting credit card payments.

Class information

Classes are the first three consecutive Saturdays of each month.  You must attend all three classes in order to complete the Santa Fe DWI School 12-credit-hour course.

Should you miss a session nor comply with the sentencing, you must return to the judge and court that sentenced you, obtain a new referral and then re-register for another three sessions of DWI School. The re-enrollment fee is $100.

If you are unable to register by the date stated on your court sentencing nor have the $175.00 enrollment fee, you must see the judge who sentenced you to get an extension on that date.

We do not register students who have expired court sentences.

Out-of-state registrations may sign up as self-referrals. Self-referrals must communicate directly with the state and court that sentenced you to attend The Santa Fe DWI School.

Class Location

Christ Lutheran Church
1701 Arroyo Chamiso
Santa Fe, NM  87505
Off of St. Francis
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Class Rules

Attendance: To successfully complete the DWI School, each individual registered is required to attend a 12-hour program. One 12-hour program is made up of three four-hour sessions, which must be attended as three consecutive Saturdays.

Date: You will be notified of your scheduled attendance date and time by letter, approximately one-and-a-half to two weeks in advance to class starting

Time: The MORNING session will commence at 8:00 a.m. and will end at 12:00 p.m. OR the AFTERNOON session will commence at 1:00 p.m. and will end at 5:00 p.m..  It is recommended that you arrive 15 minutes before the start of class.

Fee: Each student is required to register and pay a tuition fee of $175.00 in order to register for the first available sessions. Payment must be made in full at the time of registration. Methods of payment accepted are cash, money order, cashier’s check and beginning July 15, 2017 credit cards will be accepted.

Tardiness:Students must report to class on time. Anyone who is late will not be allowed into class and will be considered absent and will be required to re-register

Drinking: There will be no drinking of alcoholic beverages allowed prior to or during any session. Anyone who has obviously been drinking will be refused entry into class. Failure to complete the course for any reason will consider you as failing the class, and you will be referred to the presiding judge who heard and sentenced your case, in order to get a referral, and re-register for another session. Guests must abide by the no drinking rules also.

Guests: The school Coordinator/Instructor must approve all guests. One guest per enrollee may be permitted. No infants or young children are allowed. If you have difficulty reading and/or writing, you should bring someone who can help you to take notes and interpret the material. The screening and approval of a guest is done the first day you are assigned to attend class.

Absentee Fee: If a student is absent from any assigned class, the student will be required to consult with the court, and pay a $100.00 re-enrollment fee.

Notice: Absence or failure to comply with the instructions outlined above may result in a bench warrant for your arrest. You may then be considered for a jail sentence of up to 90 days or a fine of up to $500.00 and/or both, and revocation of your driver’s license for one year.

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