Getting a Hardship License (Limited Permit) in Georgia

From DUI to drug crimes to traffic violations, many criminal charges might issue a period of license suspension or revocation. Sometimes, this might prove an unfair consequence that impacts your ability to recover physically and mentally. In today’s blog post, we discuss one option you have for retaining limited driving privileges in the face of a license suspension – a hardship license. Keep reading to learn more about how you can petition for limited driving privileges and what the requirements entail.

What Is a Hardship License?

If you have had your license revoked or suspended for a period of time due to a traffic or DUI offense, you may be eligible to obtain a temporary hardship license, also called a limited permit. Such permits may grant a driver limited driving privileges, such as commuting to and from work, school, or medical treatment. A hardship license is an optimal way of getting around while you wait for your official period of license reinstatement.

Generally, you are eligible for a limited permit if it is your first DUI conviction or a first or second suspension for points on your driver’s license. Some individuals may be eligible if they complete certain additional requirements, such as providing proof that not having a driver’s license is an undue hardship. Note that convicted drivers under the age of 21 are not allowed to obtain a hardship license.

Getting a Hardship License

As mentioned above, the most important step to obtaining a hardship license or limited permit is to prove that you are experiencing a significant hardship by losing your right to drive. For instance, you may show that you don’t have any other means of traveling to work or school, commuting to a medical facility to obtain your medications, or attending a court-ordered drug and alcohol treatment program. However, you must nonetheless show your ability to drive and provide proper documentation as proof of your situation.

Some individuals who obtain a limited permit may be required to install an ignition interlock device (IID) on their vehicle while driving with the hardship license. This is the case for second DUI offenses, for instance. An IID will allow you to start your vehicle only after you provide a sample breath that has 0.00% BAC.

The process for getting a hardship license entails completing a Risk Reduction Assessment and drug and alcohol evaluation. You must also pay for the IID installation. Note that Georgia typically requires the completion of a drug and alcohol awareness and treatment program to be eligible for the IID in the first place.

The license suspension period will depend on your particular offense. DUI convictions may result in 4 months of suspension, while drug offenses could result in at least 6 months. After the suspension period, you are eligible to reinstate your license in the absence of any further criminal violations. However, in between the months of waiting, you may naturally need to drive to important places like work, school, and medical treatment. A hardship license allows for these limited driving privileges, and an experienced attorney can help you petition for this limited driving permit.

Contact our team at Daniels & Taylor, P.C. to get started. Let’s get you back on the road while you wait for the reinstatement of your official driver’s license.

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