Criminal Law and Procedure Drivers Hardship Law and Legal Definition

A hardship license is a special exemption from being otherwise prohibited from driving due to having a driver’s license suspended, revoked, denied, or cancelled. It allows someone to drive only for limited purposes. These purposes include employment, school, attending to medical needs of the driver or dependents, attending court-ordered appointments with probation officers or ignition interlock device appointments, or attending an alcohol or substance abuse rehabilitative program or meeting.

The availability of a hardship license will depend on the nature of the sanction imposed and the offense upon which the sanction is based. More serious offenses and repeat offenses may exclude eligibility for hardship driving privileges, or impose increased minimum suspension times before a hardship license may be applied for or granted. A person seeking a hardship license must determine whether the request needs to be made in court, at an administrative hearing, or by submitting a petition to the motor vehicle agency. It is important to consult the state requirements for the granting of hardship driving privileges and submit the necessary proof of need, insurance, fees, and other documentation in a timely manner.