TimeZoneInfo.IsAmbiguousTime Method (DateTime)


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Determines whether a particular date and time in a particular time zone is ambiguous and can be mapped to two or more Coordinated Universal Time (UTC) times.

Namespace:   System
Assembly:  mscorlib (in mscorlib.dll)

public bool IsAmbiguousTime(
	DateTime dateTime


Type: System.DateTime

A date and time value.

Return Value

Type: System.Boolean

true if the dateTime parameter is ambiguous; otherwise, false.

Exception Condition

The Kind property of the dateTime value is DateTimeKind.Local and dateTime is an invalid time.

An ambiguous time falls within a range of times for the current time zone. This means it can be either a standard time or a time that results from the application of an adjustment rule. Typically, ambiguous times result when the clock is set to return to standard time from daylight saving time. See the Example section for an illustration.

Coordinated Universal Time (UTC) has no ambiguous times; neither do time zones that do not support daylight saving time. Therefore, these time zones have no adjustment rules and calls to the IsAmbiguousTime method always return false.

For time zones that do observe daylight saving time, the precise behavior of this method depends on the relationship between the Kind property and the TimeZoneInfo object, as the following table shows.

TimeZoneInfo object type

Kind property value



DateTimeKind.Local or DateTimeKind.Unspecified

Determines whether the dateTime parameter is ambiguous.



Converts dateTime to the local time and then determines whether that time is ambiguous.


DateTimeKind.Utc or DateTimeKind.Unspecified

Returns false.



If dateTime is ambiguous, assumes it is a standard time, converts it to UTC, and returns false.

Any other time zone.

DateTimeKind.Local or DateTimeKind.Utc

Converts dateTime to the time in the specified time zone and then determines whether that time is ambiguous.

Any other time zone.


Determines whether dateTime is ambiguous.

Notes to Callers:

On Windows XP systems, this method applies only the current adjustment rule if the current instance is TimeZoneInfo.Local. As a result, the method may not accurately report whether dateTime is an ambiguous time for periods before the current adjustment rule came into effect. For more information, see the Notes for Callers section in the Local property.

In the Pacific Time zone, daylight saving time ends at 2:00 A.M. on November 4, 2007. The following example passes the time at one-minute intervals from 12:59 A.M. on November 4, 2007, to 2:01 A.M. on November 4, 2007, to the IsAmbiguousTime(DateTime) method of a TimeZoneInfo object that represents the Pacific Time zone. The console output indicates that all times from 1:00 A.M. on November 4, 2007, to 1:59 A.M. on November 4, 2007, are ambiguous.

// Specify DateTimeKind in Date constructor
DateTime baseTime = new DateTime(2007, 11, 4, 0, 59, 00, DateTimeKind.Unspecified);
DateTime newTime;

// Get Pacific Standard Time zone
TimeZoneInfo pstZone = TimeZoneInfo.FindSystemTimeZoneById("Pacific Standard Time");

// List possible ambiguous times for 63-minute interval, from 12:59 AM to 2:01 AM 
for (int ctr = 0; ctr < 63; ctr++)
   // Because of assignment, newTime.Kind is also DateTimeKind.Unspecified
   newTime = baseTime.AddMinutes(ctr);   
   Console.WriteLine("{0} is ambiguous: {1}", newTime, pstZone.IsAmbiguousTime(newTime));

Universal Windows Platform
Available since 8
.NET Framework
Available since 3.5
Portable Class Library
Supported in: portable .NET platforms
Available since 2.0
Windows Phone Silverlight
Available since 7.0
Windows Phone
Available since 8.1
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