How to Obtain a Hardship License in Florida
The state of Florida offers certain drivers, whose licenses have been revoked or suspended the option to apply for a hardship license. This type of driver license does not replace your regular Florida driver license. Rather, it allows you to use your existing license to continue to drive but with specific criteria and requirements such as:
- You can only drive to and from work.
- You can only drive during set hours or are limited to the amount of time allowed on the road
- You cannot drive or operate a motor vehicle any other time than allowed by this special license.
- You must adhere to and follow all traffic laws and regulations.
- This special license could be taken away if you receive any further tickets, commit traffic violations, or are involved in an auto accident and are at-fault.
Please keep in mind these criteria and requirements are just a sampling of the ones that could be imposed upon you after being approved for a Florida hardship license.
In order to apply for a Florida hardship license after your original license is suspended, typically you must first register for a Florida state-approved Advanced Driver Improvement (ADI) course. During registration for the ADI course, you will have options on how to obtain your enrollment letter, but normally it can be downloaded electronically. Along with the enrollment letter, you will need your 30-day driving record that can be ordered from your county clerk. You will need both items as part of the application process for the hardship license.
Next, you will need to visit your local Florida Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles (FLHSMV) clerk’s office and fill out and submit the license application form. You will need to supply the FLHSMV with your enrollment letter and pay an application fee.
Once these things are completed, a review hearing is scheduled. You may be required to appear at the hearing to determine whether your application will be approved. Do keep in mind for certain driving offenses, you may have to complete your Florida ADI first and then provide proof you have completed the course in order to apply.
When you apply for the hardship license, there are two kinds of licenses you may apply for:
- A “Business Purposes” license which will allow you to drive to / from work, church, medical situations, school, or allow driving necessary for your job.
- An “Employment Purposes” license which will allow you to drive to / from work and any driving necessary for your job.
Which license you will receive will be based on your personal circumstances and will be determined by the hearing officer.
Who Can Apply for a Hardship License in Florida?
You may be eligible to apply for a Florida hardship license in the following cases:
- Your Florida license was suspended or revoked because you accumulated too many points in a short period of time.
- You have been ordered by the court to complete a Florida ADI course.
- You have been classified by the FLHSMV as a Habitual Traffic Offender (HTO).
If you have been charged or convicted of a DUI, depending on the circumstance of your conviction, you may not qualify until meeting certain requirements.
Ticket School offers Florida ADI courses, Florida Drug Alcohol courses for first time drivers, Florida Learner’s Permit tests, and other Florida driving courses all online. All of their Florida online courses are state-approved courses anyone can take, including people who require a hardship license.
To learn more about their online driving courses or to enroll online at Ticket School, please feel free to visit their official website at www.ticketschool.com/florida or call (800) 558-9887 for further details.