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If you would like to become Board Certified by the National College for DUI Defense, Inc., the rules and application documents may be accessed by clicking the applicable link below. Alternatively, you may contact our Executive Director, Rhea Kirk, at (334) 264-1950 to request an application.

All completed application forms must be submitted with one thousand five hundred dollars ($1500.00) to the College in order to open your file. The non-refundable filing fee for this application is one thousand dollars ($1,000.00). The examination fee is five hundred dollars ($500.00). If your application is not approved, the examination fee of five hundred dollars ($500.00) 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. It is strongly suggested that you review the page Preparing for the Exam.

Applications received after the deadline will be considered for testing at the next regularly scheduled examination date and location which is determined in the sole discretion of the NCDD. Once the location and date are finalized, all eligible attorneys will be notified.

Completed applications received by April 29th will be considered for testing the following September/or October at the NCDD Las Vegas Defend With Ingenuity Session.

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 continuing 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.

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The NCDD is the only organization accredited by the ABA to provide certification in the specialty field of DUI Defense Law. 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 either the Chairperson of this Committee or the Executive Director of the NCDD, Inc.

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.

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