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Restricted driver's license

Having a suspended license can take a toll on you and your loved ones who then assist with transporting you to appointments and work. A Restricted Driver’s License may be an option for some people, allowing them to drive themselves to appointments and work. This helps to ease the burden on loved ones. Discover common restrictions and reasons a restricted license may be issued.

What is a restricted license?

A restricted driver’s license is an option for some drivers as an alternative to having a suspended driver’s license. People with a restricted driver’s license can operate a vehicle within certain guidelines while drivers with a suspended license are not able to drive at all. Often, people who have a restricted license will be limited on where and when they can drive or may be required to have a car breathalyzer installed to operate their vehicle. Handled on a case-by-case basis, restricted licenses are not available in all states. There are penalties if you break any of the guidelines set by your state including incurring more fines, losing your driving privileges, additional time with an interlock, and/or potential jail time.

Relying on others to help you get around while your license is suspended can put a strain on those who matter most to you. Teenage and underage drivers may also receive these licenses to drive to and from home, school or work. While each state’s laws vary, these licenses are reviewed and offered on a case-by-case basis. Not all states permit restricted licenses and you must often prove the need for you to have a restricted license before it is granted.

You could be granted a restricted driver’s license to:

  • Allow you to travel to and from work
  • Travel to doctor’s appointments
  • Travel to court appearances and counseling appointments
  • Transport a dependent to school or another caregiver

If your license is restricted due to driving under the influence of alcohol, an ignition interlock device (car breathalyzer) may be required to be installed in your vehicle before you can drive. Intoxalock can help you navigate the often-confusing laws regarding the requirement of these devices. Easy to install and use devices help get you back on the road. Contact our 24-hour service center for assistance with everything from ordering your device to scheduling an appointment to have your device installed.

If you’re not sure if your state allows a restricted license, or what the status of your license is, visit your state’s website.

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