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Reinstating your license or applying for a hardship license

On Behalf of | Jun 21, 2023 | Blog, Drunk Driving

Losing your driver’s license can seriously limit your ability to function in your everyday life, but there are ways to regain your driving privileges even if your license has been suspended or revoked. In Florida, individuals facing license suspension may be eligible for reinstatement or a hardship license.

Reinstating your license

Start by determining the exact reason for your license suspension. Common reasons include drunk driving offenses, accumulation of points, failure to maintain proper insurance or failure to pay fines. Knowing the cause will help you understand the appropriate steps you need to take for reinstatement.

Depending on the nature of your suspension, you must complete the mandated suspension period before applying for reinstatement. Ensure you comply with all requirements during this time, such as attending driver improvement courses or paying fines.

Some suspensions may require you to fulfill additional obligations, such as completing a drug or alcohol rehabilitation program or providing proof of financial responsibility.

Once you have served your suspension and met all the requirements, you can apply for license reinstatement at your local Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles office. Prepare the necessary documentation, including identification, proof of residency and any specific forms that pertain to your suspension.

Applying for a hardship license

Hardship licenses are for individuals facing a suspension but require limited driving privileges for work, education, medical appointments or essential household activities. Check if you meet the eligibility criteria outlined by the DHSMV.

To apply for a hardship license, you must provide supporting documentation, such as proof of employment, enrollment in an educational institution or medical statements. Additionally, you may need to complete any required courses or evaluations, such as a DUI program or an evaluation from a licensed substance abuse counselor.

You don’t have to settle for a suspended license

Having your driver’s license suspended doesn’t necessarily mean you have a permanent ban from driving in Florida. By understanding the specific requirements for reinstatement and following the application process diligently, you can regain your driving privileges or apply for the helpful solution of the hardship license.