How to Get a Hardship License After a DUI Conviction in Florida
You may assume that having a DUI conviction means your license is entirely revoked. However, many people rely on driving in their day-to-day life. A hardship license allows those charged with driving under the influence to retain some driving privileges.
At The Umansky Law Firm, we believe everyone deserves to know their rights, especially regarding something as critical as transportation. Read on to learn how to apply for a DUI hardship license in Florida.
What is a DUI Hardship License?
A hardship license, otherwise known as a restricted license, is documentation that allows someone who has had their license suspended or revoked to continue driving under certain restrictions. The privileges of this specific license are limited to driving to and from necessary locations. Eligibility for a hardship license depends on the number of convictions and their level of Unlawful Alcohol Content at the time of the arrest.
A hardship license is available in two forms. A business hardship license allows you to drive to necessary locations for general responsibilities in life, such as work, school, religious services, or for medical reasons. A hardship license for employment restricts you to only drive to and from work. If you need clarification on your eligibility, contact a capable DUI attorney.
What You Need in Order to Get a Hardship License in Florida
If this is your first conviction for a DUI, you must complete and prepare the following items to apply for a DUI Hardship License in Florida:
- Proof of Enrollment in a Licensed DUI Program: Depending on where you live, licensed programs may be available at different locations. Click here to find a licensed DUI Program near you.
- The DUI Citation from Your Arrest
- Completed Application Form: You must complete Form 72034 to apply for your hardship license to be reviewed. You can find the necessary application form here.
If you have trouble finding any of these documents, please consult one of our attorneys to assist you. Based on where the violation occurred, we can provide you with the address and contact numbers for the relevant DHSMV office and the nearest DUI school.
Limited Time to Apply for Your Hardship License
You only have ten days after your DUI arrest to apply for your hardship license. You can submit the necessary documentation described above to the DHSMV Bar by fax, e-mail, or in person. The location of the DHSMV BAR that will handle your hardship application will depend on where you were arrested.
Once you have submitted everything, you will wait for them to contact you by e-mail or phone to complete your application. For the fastest results, you should submit your application in person.
Contact a DUI Attorney for Help in Getting a Hardship License
Nowadays, it’s necessary to have a reliable means of transportation. Our criminal defense attorneys can ensure you know your rights after being convicted of driving under the influence. If you are unsure of your eligibility for a hardship license or have any questions about the application process, contact The Umansky Law Firm.