Hardship License

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Definition of Hardship License

Drivers arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol may have their license suspended from 90 to 180 days or longer (depending on whether they have multiple DUI arrests). Although drivers are not allowed to have full driving privileges, certain states may allow the driver to request a hardship license. Certain requirements must be met and the proper petitions filed in the appropriate court. Hardship license are commonly granted for the following reasons: to continue employment, to attend school, to seek medical treatment, to care for dependents or children, to attend religious functions or to seek treatment in an alcohol abuse program. There are severe penalties for drivers with a hardship license who drive to and from other non-sanctioned activities.

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