Once your Florida driver’s license has been suspended, its only natural to have a number of questions about how the process works. What is someone with a suspended license in Florida supposed to do to get to work or pick up their kids from school?
The good news is, you might have more options than to get a bus pass or ask friends or family for rides. Florida allows some drivers whose licenses have been suspended to obtain hardship licenses, which allows drivers to travel to and from strict locations of to conduct certain tasks. Read on to learn more about how to get a hardship license in Florida, who is eligible for a hardship license, and the details of how to get your license back after a suspension.
How License Suspensions Work in Florida
In Florida, drivers can have their licenses suspended for a variety of reasons which includes but not limited to the following:
- Failure to pay traffic fines
- Failure to pass a vision test
- Failure to appear on a traffic summons
- Driving under the influence (DUI)
- Accruing too many violation points on your record
Violation points can be another reason for a suspension of your driver license. These violation points can be earned for minor infractions, such as failure to stop or speeding. If drivers earn too many of these negative points within a specific period of time, their licenses can be suspended:
- 30-day suspension – 12 traffic violation points in 12 months
- 3-month suspension – 18 traffic violation points in 18 months
- 12-month suspension – 24 traffic violation points in 36 months
The steps are slightly different depending on the reason for your suspension, but in most cases, Florida drivers can follow some specific steps to apply to the State to receive a hardship license so that they have limited driving privileges to conduct the most important of tasks such as going to and from work.
Who Can Earn a Florida Hardship Driver’s License?
Drivers can apply for a hardship license if their licenses were suspended because of:
- Accumulating too many negative points on their records
- Causing an accident that resulted in a death or serious bodily injury
- Being classified a Habitual Traffic Offender (HTO)
In order to apply for a hardship license, you will have to visit a Florida Administrative Reviews Office or its website. You pay the suspension reinstatement fee, submit proof of enrollment in an Advanced driver improvement course, and pay the applicable fees relating to the suspension of your license and for the new application.
Some people, however, are not eligible for hardship licenses. Anyone who has been convicted of a DUI two or more times (or refused to submit to a blood-alcohol-level test two or more times), has been disqualified from driving a commercial vehicle, or has been found incapable of safely operating a vehicle is not eligible.
Hardship License Details
There are two types of hardship licenses under Florida law. The first is a hardship license for “employment purposes,” which only allows someone to drive to and from his or her place of employment.
The second type of hardship license is for “business purposes.” In addition to driving to and from work, holders of this kind of hardship license can also drive for educational and medical purposes, and to and from church or other houses of worship.
Remember, in order to get a hardship license, you have to enroll in an advanced driver improvement course. Ticketschool.com offers such a course in an online format that is and convenient. Our course also offers the enrollment letter FREE in a quick downloadable format (pdf). Register today or learn more by contacting Ticket School today at 800-558-9887.