Hardship licenses grant limited driving privileges to those who have had their licenses suspended, denied, or revoked. Officially referred to as “Limited Driving Privilege” (LDP), hardship licenses come with strict rules, and those who wish to obtain them have to follow a specific process to get them.
LPD is not, however, the same as the “Restricted Driving Privilege” (RDP), which is reserved for those who have DUIs in Missouri. Understanding the difference is important for those who are trying to restore their driving privileges after losing their drivers’ licenses.
Here is a closer look at how LDP versus RDP works in Missouri, as well as how to obtain these driving privileges after license issues and DUI cases. If you need help with a DUI defense case now, don’t hesitate to contact the Law Office of Denise Kirby.
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To be eligible for Restricted Driving Privileges in Missouri, you must not have had any DUIs within the last 5 years. Effectively, that means you can apply for RDP after a first-time DUI conviction or if your prior DUI was more than 5 years ago. In either of these cases, you may be eligible for:
Those who have at least one prior DUI within the past 5 years will have to complete a mandatory 1-year driver’s license suspension, after which they can apply for Limited Driving Privileges. These individuals will not be eligible for Restricted Driving Privileges in Missouri.
Restricted driving privileges limit where you can go when you’re operating a vehicle. Essentially, these privileges are available to allow people to continue to conduct essential life activities, like going to and from places, such as (but not exclusive to):
If motorists who have Restricted Driving Privileges are caught driving to places other than those specified by the terms of their RDP, they can lose their license and/or face additional penalties.
You need to apply for Limited or Restricted Driving Privileges through the state’s driver’s license bureau, managed by the Missouri Department of Revenue (MDR). When you do, you may need additional forms and documentation, like (but not limited to) the following:
Yes, but you’re going to need a lawyer’s help. The reason for this is that you will need to submit a petition to the circuit court, instead of going through the MDR. The court will review and grant decisions on a case-by-case basis. Please be aware that you will not be eligible for an LDR IF:
Yes. If you fail to honor the terms of your LDP or RDP—or if you commit new traffic violations that lead to criminal charges—your driving privileges can, once again, be suspended or revoked. This could, for example, happen if you:
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