What is a restricted license?

An individual charged with driving under the influence (DUI) is likely to have their driving license suspended by the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles (DHSMV).

In such circumstances, a person with one DUI conviction can apply for a restricted license, also known as a hardship license. Hardship licenses provide limited driving privileges for people who have had their driving license suspended or revoked. The two types of hardship licenses available are Business Purposes Only and Employment Purposes Only.

A Business Purposes Only hardship license means the individual is restricted to driving to and from work, school, church or a doctor. An Employment Purposes Only license is even more limited. It means a person is restricted to driving to work and back, along with any other job-related driving required by the employer. It is important to remember that neither license can be used for pleasure, nonessential driving or recreational purposes. Hardship license violations can result in serious consequences.

Restricted licenses are not available to everyone. For example, the DHSMV will not issue them to those with two or more DUI convictions or individuals who have had their driving licenses suspended two or more times for refusal to submit to a breath, blood or urine test.

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