Hardship Licenses in Florida
What is a hardship license?
A hardship license (also called a “hardship reinstatement”)
is a type of driver’s license that grants temporary and limited
driving privileges. If you’ve been arrested for or convicted of
driving under the influence in Florida and your license was suspended,
you may be eligible to receive a hardship license.
Do I qualify for a hardship license?
If you’ve had your driver’s license suspended after a
DUI, you can apply for hardship reinstatement under specific circumstances,
depending on how long ago you were convicted and other factors.
- If you were convicted of your first DUI, you may be eligible for hardship
reinstatement after completing DUI school and applying for a FLHSMV hearing.
If you were convicted of second DUI offense (within five years of your
first), your license will be revoked for
at least five years; however, you can apply for a hardship license after one year.
- If you were convicted of a third offense in the span of 10 years, your
driver’s license will be revoked for at least 10 years, but you
can apply for a hardship license 2 years after your conviction.
- If you were convicted of drunk driving four times (regardless of how much
time passed between them), your license can be permanently revoked; however,
you may be able to request a hardship license after five years.
If you were convicted of
DUI manslaughter, your drivers’ license will most likely be revoked permanently,
but you can seek a hardship license after five years (only if you have
no prior DUI convictions on your record).
Not everyone with a drunk driving conviction can get a hardship license.
Additionally, there is no provision for drivers convicted of DUI to operate
a commercial motor vehicle. For your first conviction, you may apply for
a hardship license immediately after completing DUI school; if you are
not able to show that you completed DUI school, you cannot apply.
Subsequent DUI convictions make it more difficult to obtain a hardship
license reinstatement. If you have driven a car or consumed alcohol in
the last 12 months prior to applying, for example, you will not be eligible
for a hardship license. Additionally, you will not be eligible until one
year has pass since your conviction. Additionally, your hardship license
will be revoked if you fail to show up for mandatory counseling or treatment.
Can I get a hardship license if I refused breath / blood testing?
You can apply for a hardship license if you refused breath, urine, or blood
testing – but only under certain circumstances:
- You do not have prior refusals
- You have served 90 days without a driver’s license
- You can demonstrate proof that you are enrolled in a DUI school
How much does a hardship license cost in Florida?
The fee to file for a hardship license is $12.00, but you may be required
to pay additional fees depending on the specific factors surrounding your
case, such as why your license was suspended and the type of DUI conviction you have.
Where can I drive with a hardship license in Florida?
A hardship license in Florida reinstate limited driving privileges and
can only be used for driving that is “necessary to maintain livelihood.”
This includes driving for medical purposes, driving to church, driving
for work-related reasons, and driving to and from school (educational
If you're in need of a
DUI defense attorney to help you obtain a hardship license in Florida, get in touch
with the team at Barbarette & Quirk today by calling (352) 356-4999.
Do not hesitate to call Barbarette & Quirk for a
case evaluation at (352) 356-4999