3 Things You Need to do to Get a DUI Hardship License

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In Jacksonville, it is very difficult to function without a car, so losing a driver's license, usually affects the whole family. A driver's license suspension is a result of a DUI arrest. If the challenge to the initial administrative suspension was not successful, you may be able to apply for a hardship license.

What is a Hardship License?

If your Florida drivers’ license was suspended after a DUI arrest, you can apply for a hardship license. A hardship license grants you limited driving privileges. There are two main types of hardship licenses you can apply for:

  • Business Purposes Only – this type of hardship license restricts your driving only to necessary activities related to your livelihood. This includes your commute to and from work, driving to school, on the job driving, and driving for church or medical visits.
  • Work Purposes Only – a Work purposes only hardship license restricts your privileges to employment-related driving only.

Driving with a suspended license can result in further penalties, schedule your free case review now!

How to get a hardship license in Florida

Following a DUI arrest in Florida, it is important to know whether you are eligible for a hardship license. Our Jacksonville criminal defense lawyer can help you every step of the way.

In order to be eligible for a hardship license in Florida after a DUI arrest you need to:

  1. Enroll in DUI School: There are many options for DUI schools in Jacksonville.
  2. Wait to Apply: If you refused to take a breath test, then you must wait the first 90 days of your one-year administrative suspension before you can apply for a hardship license. If you took the breath test, and it was above .08, you would have to wait 30 days.
  3. Bring Proof of Enrollment: You will need to have proof of enrollment in a DUI school for the DHSMV Administrative Review Office.

The DHSMV office has an application that must be filled out, and they require a $12.00 filing fee.

Who is not eligible for a DUI hardship license in Florida?

  • Florida law prohibits any hardship license for a 2nd or subsequent suspension for breath test refusal or if the person has been convicted of DUI section 316.193 two or more times.
  • Drivers who lost their commercial driver license (CDL) cannot obtain a hardship license to operate a commercial motor vehicle.
  • Drivers charged or convicted of vehicular manslaughter or criminal vehicular manslaughter
  • Drivers with DUI serious bodily injury

Florida Hardship License Hearings

The DHSMV office will process your DUI hardship license application, and you will have to go to a hearing at their office. These hearings are on a first come first serve basis, so go there early. The hearing officer will review your case and determine if you actually need a hardship license.

At this time, the office will decide the number of restrictions or privileges you deserve based on the defense you provide. If at the hearing/review you are approved to get a hardship license, you will need to go with the approval letter to your local DMV office to get an actual driver license


We understand the effects of having your driver's license suspended, we can help! We will be by your side, every step of the way. Schedule your case review with us today!


Fees to Reinstate Your FL License after a DUI

At the DMV office, you will likely have to take an examination and pay a $130 administrative fee and a $45 reinstatement fee and any license fee required. This is an expensive exercise! You will also need to show proof of liability insurance on the arrest date, proof of current liability coverage.

You may also be required to pay additional fees and court costs depending on the reason for your suspension. Review the complete list of Florida DMV fees in the Florida Driver’s Handbook on page 83.

We Can Help Guide You Through Your Hardship License Hearings

This is the last opportunity you will be given to reinstate your license, if you are not approved for a hardship license, you will have to serve the suspension time. The process of obtaining your hardship license can be incredibly confusing and with so much on the line can feel like a daunting task.

Attorney Kate Mesic is well acquainted with all the forms, deadlines, requirements and paperwork needed to be granted to hardship license. She has helped many clients navigate the process of getting approved for a hardship license after their DUIs.


We want to help you with your hardship license hearing, contact us for a free consultation.


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