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What is a Hardship License and Why Would I Need One in Florida?

| May 28, 2020 | Criminal Defense Lawyer, DUI/DWI |

Commuting is a large part of most people’s daily routine, as they need to get to and from work, school, and other necessary usual tasks. The inability to drive due to loss of a driver’s license can be severely damaging to ones routine. Fortunately, there is an option to obtain a hardship license after having your license suspended.

A hardship license is a restricted license that is issued by the state, in accordance with statutes or by order of the court, after a driver’s license has been suspended. A few reasons your license may be suspended include DUI, unpaid court fees, backed up child support, or driving without insurance.

While dealing with these issues, it’s possible to apply for a hardship license that allows one to commute to work, school and other pre-determined locations. One must remain compliant because if a law enforcement officer discovers the driver outside of these locations, the temporary license privileges will be immediately revoked. Eligibility is not easy as proof must be submitted that the lack of driving privileges impose a severe hardship on current employment or education enrollment.

How To Apply For A Hardship License in Florida

In order to apply for a hardship license you must first enroll in the Florida 12 Hour ADI (Aggressive Driver Improvement) course. Once enrolled you will receive a verification letter. Next you’ll need to reach out to your clerk of court’s office to get a copy of your driving record. Once you have those two things, you’ll need to properly fill out the Application for Hardship License form and take all three things to your local DMV along with multiple forms of identification – birth certificate, Social Security Card, W-2 form, and two copies of bills that prove your address. Here, you’ll be assigned a hearing officer that will decide if you are eligible for the hardship license.

Once the hardship license is approved, you’ll be able to drive to only the designated locations during the designated times. After you complete the ADI course and your suspension time has expired, you can request a full license reinstatement at the same Florida Bureau of Administrative Review Office.

If you or someone you know currently have a suspended license and are in need of a hardship license, reaching out to an experienced criminal defense attorney can help get your driving record sorted out and your driving privileges back on track. Consider giving Russell Spatz a call today at (305) 442-0200 to see how his four decades of experience can help you.

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