Missouri Hardship License

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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When Can I Apply for Restricted Driving Privileges After a DUI in Missouri?

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:

  • RDP after a 30-day license suspension: Motorists with prior DUI convictions will usually need to have ignition interlock devices (IIDs) installed in their vehicles as a condition of the restricted driving privileges. With IIDs, drivers are responsible for covering all costs, and they must submit alcohol-free breath samples to the devices in order to start and drive their vehicles.

  • Immediate RDP with the installation of IIDs on all vehicles you drive: In these situations, motorists will need to complete the Request for Immediate 90-Day Restricted Driving Privilege (Form 5489) and submit it to the license bureau.

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.

How Do Restricted Driving Privileges Work 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):

  • Work and/or school
  • Alcohol treatment or education programs
  • Court-ordered community service
  • Health care providers and treatment facilities
  • Grocery stores
  • Their IID provider (for routine maintenance)
  • Their probation officer and/or court

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.

How Do I Apply for a Hardship License After a Kansas City DUI?

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:

  • Proof of insurance (an SR-22 Form): Minors typically don’t need to provide an SR-22 Form when they have only 1 DUI and they are looking to get some type of driving privileges reinstated.

  • Proof that IIDs have been installed on the vehicle(s) you drive: This should include personal vehicles, as well as any work vehicles you drive, with your employer’s permission to install an IID.

Can I Get a Hardship License After a 5- or 10-Year Driver’s License Revocation in Missouri?

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:

  • You are not a resident of Missouri.
  • You do not meet all of the license reinstatement requirements.
  • You have been convicted of a felony involving a motor vehicle within the past 5 years.
  • Your commercial driver’s license (CDL) has been suspended or revoked.
  • You have failed certain medical exams, or you have failed the driving test.
  • You have any outstanding fines from traffic tickets.
  • Your license suspension resulted from a DUI conviction or an Administrative Alcohol Suspension.

Can I Lose My Limited or Restricted Driving Privileges in Missouri?

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:

  • Fail to pay the necessary fees to keep your IID active
  • Fail to complete necessary IID maintenance (which providers tend to provide every 30 to 60 days to calibrate devices)
  • Fail to maintain auto insurance, as required by law
  • Drive vehicles that do not have IIDs installed (whenever you are required to have them)
  • Are arrested for a subsequent DUI (or another serious traffic offense)

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