Florida Hardship License
What Is a Hardship License?
A hardship license (also called a “hardship reinstatement”) is a type of driver’s license that grantstemporary 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.
There are two types of hardship licenses you can apply for in Florida, they are:
- Business License - This hardship licenses restricts your driving to activities such as driving to and from work, school, on the job driving and driving to church or medical appointments
- Work License - This hardship license restricts your driving to only work related driving
What Are the Eligibility Requirements 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.
Other eligibility factors for a hardship license:
- If you were convicted of your first DUI, you may be eligible for hardship reinstatement after completing DUI school and applying for a Florida Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles (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).