Having a suspended or revoked license is a major life disruption that can seriously impact a person’s ability to work and provide for their families. Fortunately, for Florida drivers there may be a solution that allows them limited driving privileges while they are waiting for their full licenses to be reinstated: a Florida hardship license.
A Florida hardship license does not restore full driving privileges; however, it does grant limited driving privileges that can allow an eligible Florida driver to still drive to and from work. When applying for a Florida hardship license you must show proof of enrollment in a state-approved Florida Advanced Driver Improvement (ADI) course. This proof of enrollment usually takes the form of a printed enrollment letter.
How Do I Get My Florida Hardship License?
In order to get a Florida Hardship license you must complete the following steps:
- Register for a state-approved Florida Advanced Driver Improvement (ADI) course. Ticket School offers this course 100% online and it comes with our lowest price and money back guarantee, as well as tons of other great benefits.If you register for Ticket School’s ADI course you will be able to download and print off an electronic proof of enrollment letter (in pdf format) for no additional charge. Unlike some sites out there TicketSchool does not require an additional fee to receive an ADI enrollment letter.
- Next, visit your local clerk of the court and request that they conduct a 30-day search of your Florida driving record. They will be able to help you get the information you need from your driving record in order to proceed with your hardship license application.
- The third and final step is to take the information the clerk’s office gives you along with your ADI enrollment letter to the Florida Bureau of Administrative Review office. You will then need to meet with a hearing officer at the Florida Bureau of Administrative Review office who will review your case and information. The review officer will make the determination of whether or not you will receive a Florida hardship license.
It is important to note that once you receive your Florida hardship license you will still need to complete the Florida Advanced Driver Improvement course that you enrolled in. If you have been classified as a Habitual Traffic Offender (HTO) by the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles (DHSMV), then you will need to complete your Florida ADI course before you can apply for your hardship license. You only have 90 days to complete the ADI course from the date of registration. Should you register and not complete the course, the course provider is required to report your failure to complete to the state. For this reason, it is important that if you not forget to complete the course, whether you turned in your enrollment letter or not.
How Do I Know if I’m Eligible for a Florida Hardship License?
Generally if your license has been suspended or revoked due to having accumulated too many traffic ticket points on your Florida license then you are likely eligible to apply for a Florida hardship license. Your are also likely eligible to apply for a Florida hardship license if you have been court- or judge-ordered to attend a Florida ADI course.
Those classified as a Habitual Traffic Offender (HTO) by the Florida DHSMV are also generally eligible to apply for a Florida hardship license; however, these drivers must complete the Florida ADI course before applying.
Who Is Not Eligible For a Florida Hardship License?
There are exceptions to who is eligible for a Florida hardship license. Some drivers who are not eligible for a hardship license include the following:
- Drivers whose licenses have been suspended because they are not capable of safely operating a motor vehicle. This is a one-year suspension by the DHSMV.
- Drivers with a DUI conviction. This suspension is usually between 180 days to one year. However, DUI offenders who have successfully completed their DUI course and who have completed a treatment program if applicable, may then be eligible to apply for a Florida hardship license.
Please note that the Florida ADI course is not a DUI class. Please do not sign up for the Florida ADI course if you have been ordered to attend a DUI class.
Ticket School’s Florida ADI course is fully state approved and it is designed to help drivers complete their course requirements so that they can have their licenses reinstated or to receive a Florida hardship license while they are awaiting full reinstatement. Please visit our Florida ADI course page for more information or register now.