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A hardship license in Florida is an option in cases where your driver’s license has been suspended or revoked. There are specific processes you must go through to apply for a hardship license. The first thing you need to do is determine whether you are even eligible for a hardship license by asking yourself the following questions:

  1. Was your license suspended due to getting too many tickets and points?

If so, then you may qualify for a hardship license if you have been categorized as a Habitual Traffic Offender (HTO).

  1. Was your license suspended or revoked because you got a DUI?

If you got a DUI, you may qualify for a hardship license after completing any court-ordered requirements. This option may require a DUI course instead of ADI.

  1. Was your license suspended because you were in 3 crashes within 3 years?

Excessive crashes can result in your license being suspended in Florida. If it was, you might be able to get it back with a hardship license.

These are 3 possible scenarios that typically result in a suspension of a Florida license.  However every person’s driving history is unique so there are too numerous of scenarios to list whereby the Florida DMV could suspend your license.

What Is a Hardship License in Florida?

A hardship license is a limited driver’s license that restricts where and when you can drive. There are two types of hardship licenses you can apply for:

Hardship Business License

The terminology of a “business” license can seem confusing for some people. One might assume this means you must have a business or drive to earn a living. However, this is not entirely the case.

This type of hardship license will let you drive to and from work, to and from school, the grocery store, the doctor’s office, church, and driving to various locations to do your job. It is called a “business” hardship license since it allows you to take care of your personal business and essential needs.

Hardship Employment License

This hardship license allows you to drive to and from work only. You cannot drive at any other time – just to work and home. You cannot stop at the grocery store, go to the doctor, or do any other errands with this type of hardship license. If you are found driving other places, the hardship license can be revoked.

What Do I Need to Do to Get a Hardship License in Florida?

No matter the reasons for your driver’s license being suspended or revoked, the first thing you need to do download the Florida Hardship Application Form from the Florida DHSMV website.  The form has all instruction for you to follow.  Most importantly is lists the phone numbers for each of the Florida Administrative Review offices, who we recommend you call to verify what your requirements are prior to your hardship license hearing.  They will be able to see the details of your particular driving record and can tell you with certainty what is required for your particular case.  We also recommend that you ask the admin review office if you need to register and complete a 12 hour Advanced Driver Improvement course at an (ADI) driving school prior to your hardship hearing. If you are required to complete a 12 hour ADI course then you will need to either show an enrollment letter (a letter that shows you have enrolled and are in the process of completing the course) or in some cases you may be required to complete the course and show the completion certificate at the hardship hearing.

Fortunately, you don’t have to drive to complete your ADI course in Florida. You can take the course online from anywhere you have internet access. The course is a 12-hour program you can complete at your own pace. You can break up the course is much more manageable segments if you desire.

You can access the course anytime day or night to work on it.  This is one of the benefits of taking the Advanced Driver Improvement course online.

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In addition to your ADI course certificate, you may also need to obtain a copy of your driving record. You can obtain this from your local county clerk’s office. It is a good idea to request your driving record for the past 6 months. This also is something to check with the admin review office of to make sure is needed prior to scheduling your hearing to ensure you have all required documents and do not have to reschedule your hearing.

Next, schedule an appointment at the FDHSMV to apply for a hardship license. A hearing officer will be assigned to your case. They will meet with you and determine if you are eligible for a hardship license. If you are approved, you will walk out of the FDHSMV with your hardship license.

For information about our state-approved Florida driver improvement courses, including enrolling in ADI driving school online to get your hardship license in Florida, please feel free to sign up online today! You may also contact Ticket School at (800) 558-9887 if you have further questions or need assistance.