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Florida’s hardship license requirements

On Behalf of | Oct 15, 2019 | Drunk Driving

The consequences for an arrest and conviction of drunk driving in Naples often go far beyond the act itself. Such an offense will typically require that your license be revoked. Meeting the demands of your daily schedule can be difficult without having immediate access to transportation. Many in your same situation have come to us here at The Caldarone Law Group, P.A. wondering if there is any way for them to have their licenses reinstated earlier than the timeframes imposed by their sentences. You will no doubt be pleased to learn that there is, even if only on a limited basis.

A driver’s license revocation due to a DUI in Florida can last anywhere from a few months to several years. During the revocation period, you may be eligible for a hardship license. This would allow you to drive on a limited basis (such as to and from work). According to the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles, however, you must meet the following criteria

  • For your first DUI conviction, you must complete and apply for a hardship license through the state. An ignition interlock device is required for your vehicle if your blood-alcohol content was above .15. 
  • For your second DUI conviction, you must have waited one year and completed DUI school. You will remain in the state’s DUI supervision program throughout the remainder of your revocation period. 
  • For your third DUI conviction, you must have waited two years to apply, completed DUI school and continue to participate in the state’s supervision program. 

IIDs are also required after your second and third convictions. You can apply for a hardship license five years after having committed DUI manslaughter. 

More information on dealing with life after a DUI conviction can be found throughout our site.