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What should you know about restricted driver’s licenses?

On Behalf of | Jul 10, 2024 | DUI/DWI

When you face a criminal charge, it might disrupt your daily life, especially if you lose your driver’s license. You may lose the ability to commute to work, attend school, visit your doctor or fulfill family obligations.

Luckily, some states, like Maryland, offer a restricted driver’s license. This lets you drive under certain limits while the courts have your regular license suspended. This can be a lifeline for those who find themselves in a challenging situation.

What is a restricted driver’s license?

A restricted driver’s license is a special type of license you can get when the authorities suspend or revoke your regular license for reasons like drunk driving charges, accumulating points or other violations. This license lets you drive, but only for essential needs like going to work, school, treatment programs or medical appointments.

What are the rules for a restricted driver’s license?

If you have a license suspension, you might qualify for a restricted license depending on the offense and your driving record. The limits on this license vary based on the reason for the suspension.

For example, in Maryland, you might get a restricted license after a drunk driving charge. However, the license might forbid you from driving if you have had any amount of alcohol. You must follow all the rules of the restricted license, like only driving to approved places at certain times. If you drive to work, as another example, you can only travel directly to and from work.

Breaking the rules of a restricted license can lead to more penalties, like a complete suspension. It is important to understand and follow all the restrictions to avoid more trouble.

How can you get a restricted driver’s license?

To apply for a restricted license, you need to make a formal request to your local motor vehicle administration. You will need to provide documents that show why you need the license, like a letter from your employer or your school schedule. You might also need to prove that you have no other way to get around.

Although it is not ideal to have your license suspended, a restricted license can help you keep up with your work, school, health, and other life needs.