Find out why it is suspended/revoked
- You must meet the terms with the violation which caused your driver’s license to be suspended. If you did not meet the terms with a traffic summons, pay a fine or ticket, then contact the traffic court in the county of jurisdiction in which your ticket was received, and pay the amount owed.
- If your suspension is due to vision impairment, then you may be required to submit a doctor’s note of an eye exam to the Department of Motor Vehicles.
- If your suspension is due to you being deemed unsafe behind a vehicle:
- such as being a habitual traffic offender (HTO)
- for driving under the influence (DUI)
- or driving while intoxicated (DWI), you may be required to take a driver improvement course and pass a driver’s test. When you finish the course, you receive documentation of completion that you must show the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV).
- If you’ve had your license revoked for too many points on your driving record, you may still be eligible for a hardship license. (Points are applied to your driver’s license for driving penalties such as speeding, failure to yield, improper lane use, etc.)
- A hardship license can also be issued to someone under legal driving age in the event of family hardship.
How to get the Hardship
- Visit your local Department of Motor Vehicles, and present two proofs of identity, such as a birth certificate, identification card, or a passport. (One of the proofs of identity must display a photograph.)
- Fill out the required application form for a hardship license, and return it to the office. Ensure the entire form is filled out correctly to prevent any delays or additional fees.
- Provide your proof of a hardship, such as a sick family member that requires you to drive him to appointments, or that your children must be driven to school. You will need information on everything you claim and give the office with a schedule that includes school or work hours, places you need to go and things you must be able to drive to.
- Show that you have paid all fines or completed any necessary driving courses or tests.
- Then pay the fee to get a hardship driver’s license, which varies from state to state.