Can I get a restricted license to drive to and from work after being cited for drunk driving?

That depends on where you live. Check your state in the grid below.

You’ll see that only a small handful of states outright deny any kind of restricted license; most states offer drivers convicted of DUI or DWI some sort of restricted, occupational, or hardship license – or, at the very least, the opportunity to plead their case for one.

Of course, even those states that do offer restricted licenses for people found guilty of drunk driving are subject to imposing their own requirements. For example, you might only be eligible if it’s your first offense or if there was no accident involved. In some cases, you might find that an ignition interlock device is required as a condition for you to drive.

Remember, the best way to make sure you fully understand your state’s DUI laws (and maybe even give yourself the best shot at obtaining a restricted drivers license in those states where it depends) is to consult a DUI lawyer.

Yes No Depends
Alabama
x
Alaska
x
Arizona
x
Arkansas
x
California
x
Colorado
x
Usually only granted in cases of point suspension or child support, but you can call the hearing section at (303) 205-5606 for details about your situation.
Connecticut
x
Available for certain offenses. Contact the DMV at (860) 263-5720, choose the Special Permit option, and follow the instructions.
Delaware
x
Available for certain offenses. Contact your local DMV office.
Florida
x
Available for certain offenses. Contact your local Administrative Reviews office.
Georgia
x
Hawaii
x
Idaho
x
You must apply with the court.
Illinois
x
The state provides various restricted licenses and all depend on your situation. Contact your local SOS office.
Indiana
x
If eligible, the court will send a Form SR17 to the BMV.
Iowa
x
Kansas
x
Kentucky
x
You must receive a court order authorizing issuance.
Louisiana
x
Available for certain offenses. Visit your local Motor Vehicle Reinstatement Office or call the DMV LINE at (877) 368-5463.
Maine
x
Not eligible for court-ordered suspensions. Contact the BMV hearing section at (207) 624-9000, ext. 52113 for details.
Maryland
x
Massachusetts
x
Michigan
x
Your hearing officer might grant a restricted license.
Minnesota
x
Available for certain offenses. Call the driver license line at (651) 296-6911 for details.
Mississippi
x
You must apply with the circuit court.
Missouri
x
Montana
x
Available for certain offenses. Contact the MVD Department of Justice at (406) 444-3933.
Nebraska
x
Nevada
x
Available for certain offenses. Contact your local DMV office.
New Hampshire
x
New Jersey
x
New Mexico
x
New York
x
North Carolina
x
North Dakota
x
Ohio
x
Oklahoma
x
Oregon
x
Pennsylvania
x
Available for certain offenses. Contact PennDOT at (800) 932-4600 for details.
Rhode Island
x
South Carolina
x
South Dakota
x
Tennessee
x
Texas
x
Utah
x
It's up to hearing judge or officer will determine if you can get one.
Vermont
x
Virginia
x
Washington
x
Generally, you get an ignition interlock device instead.
West Virginia
x
No formal hardship license available. Contact your local DMV office to find out about special permissions.
Wisconsin
x
Available for certain offenses. Call the DOT at (608) 266-2261 for details.
Wyoming
x
Washington DC Available for certain offenses. Call your local DMV office.

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