How can I get a restricted license if I have a suspended license?

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The grid below explains whether your state offers a restricted license (some states don’t) and how you need to begin the application process.

The process varies from state to state. For some, it will be as simple as obtaining an application online, completing it and mailing it to the DMV, and awaiting further instructions. For others, it might require a court appearance, completion of a special class, and passing a written exam.

Within some states the process varies depending on the reason your drivers license is suspended. For example, if your license is suspended due to driving under the influence, you might have to complete a drug and alcohol awareness course before you can get a restricted license. Or, you might have to forgo a restricted license altogether and apply for an ignition interlock device.

Of course, some states base restricted license eligibility on the reason the original license was suspended.  For example, your state might be one that doesn’t offer a restricted license if your drivers license was suspended due to an alcohol-related offense.

Note that there is a difference between a suspended license and a revoked license. Some states offer restricted licenses for drivers with suspended licenses but not for drivers with revoked licenses, so be sure to make that differentiation before you begin the application process.

Alabama Not available.
Alaska Limited Hardship Licenses available. Visit the DMV Web site for forms.
Arizona Restricted Driving Permits available. Call or visit your local Driver License office.
Arkansas Hardship Licenses available. Call the suspension line at (501) 682-1631.
California Restricted Licenses available. Contact the DMV at (800) 777-0133.
Colorado Probationary/Red License available. Decision falls on your hearing officer.
Connecticut Special Permit available. Contact the DMV at (860) 263-5720, choose the Special Permit option, and follow the instructions.
Delaware Occupational Licenses available. Call or visit your local DMV office.
Florida Restricted Licenses available. Contact your local Administrative Reviews office.
Georgia Limited Driving Permits available. Contact the DDS at (678) 413-8500.
Hawaii Conditional Licenses available. Will be determined during your administrative hearing.
Idaho Restricted Permits available. Contact the Idaho Transportation Department at (208) 334-8000.
Illinois Restricted Licenses available. Contact the informal hearing officer at your local SOS office.
Indiana Hardship Licenses available. If eligible, the court will send a Form SR17 to the BMV.
Iowa Temporary Restricted Licenses available upon meeting requirements, passing a written exam, and paying a fee. Contact your local MVD office.
Kansas Not available.
Kentucky Hardship Licenses available. Apply at your local Circuit Clerk’s office.
Louisiana Hardship Licenses available. Visit your local Motor Vehicle Reinstatement Office or call the DMV LINE at (877) 368-5463.
Maine Work-Restricted Licenses available. Contact the BMV hearing section at (207) 624-9000, ext. 52113.
Maryland Restricted Licenses available. Apply with the Glen Burnie locations for the Driver Wellness and Safety Division or Administrative Adjudication Division.
Massachusetts Hardship Licenses available. Participate in a walk-in suspension hearing before 4 p.m. at certain RMV branch sites.
Michigan Restricted Licenses available. Will be determined in court.
Minnesota Restricted Licenses available. Contact the driver license line at (651) 296-6911.
Mississippi Hardship Licenses available. Contact your local DPS office for application details.
Missouri Restricted Driving Permits available after serving 30 days of your suspension. Your motor vehicle office will issue the permit after you file your SR-22.
Montana Restricted Probationary Licenses available. Call the MVD’s Department of Justice at (406) 444-3933.
Nebraska Various kinds of restricted permits available. Call the DMV’s Financial Responsibility Division at (402) 471-3985.
Nevada Restricted Licenses available. Contact your local DMV office.
New Hampshire Not available.
New Jersey Not available.
New Mexico Limited Licenses available. Contact your local MVD office.
New York Restricted Licenses available. Contact your local DMV office.
North Carolina Restricted Licenses available. Contact your local DMV office.
North Dakota Restricted Licenses available. Call the Drivers License and Traffic Safety Division at (701) 328-2600.
Ohio Limited Driving Privileges available. How to apply depends on your offense. Begin with your local BMV office.
Oklahoma Hardship Licenses available. Call (405) 425-2098 for details.
Oregon Hardship/Probationary Licenses available. Call the DMV at (503) 945-5400.
Pennsylvania Restricted/Probationary Licenses available. Visit the PennDOT Web site for an application form or call (800) 932-4600 to determine eligibility.
Rhode Island Not available.
South Carolina Provisional Licenses available. Call (803) 896-5000 to determine eligibility.
South Dakota Restricted Licenses available. Call (800) 952-3696 to determine eligibility and obtain an application from the DPS Web site.
Tennessee Restricted Licenses available. Contact your local DOS office or obtain an application from the DOS Web site.
Texas Occupational Licenses available. Contact your local DPS for the detailed instructions.
Utah Limited Licenses available. Your hearing judge or officer will determine if you can get one.
Vermont Not available.
Virginia Restricted Licenses available. Contact your local DMV office for details (if it wasn’t determined in court).
Washington Occupational/Restricted Licenses available. Obtain an application from the DOL Web site or visit your local driver licensing office.
West Virginia No formal hardship license available. Contact your local DMV office to find out about special permissions.
Wisconsin Occupational Licenses available. Check eligibility and obtain a form from the DOT Web site or call  (608) 266-2261.
Wyoming Probationary Licenses available. Contact your local driver licensing office.
Washington DC Occupational Licenses available. Make your request at the Penn Branch Service Center.

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