In Florida a "hardship license" is a license that is issued while your regular driver's license is suspended that restricts your ability to drive to specific, limited purposes such as employment or medical. There are two types of Florida Hardship licenses: "Business Purposes Only" and "Employment Purposes Only."

A business purposes only license is also known as a "C" type restricted license. It is a driving privilege that is limited to any driving necessary to maintain livelihood, including driving to and from work, necessary on-the-job driving, driving for educational purposes, and driving for church or medical purposes.

An employment purposes only license is also know as a "D" type restricted license. It is a driving privilege that is limited to driving to and from work and any necessary on-the-job driving required by an employer or occupation. An employment purposes only license is generally the preferred hardship license because it gives the driver more flexibility.

If your driver's license is suspended in the state of Florida because of DUI your eligibility to apply for a hardship license is governed by Florida statute.

If your license is suspended for a first time DUI "Driving With an Unlawful Alcohol Level of .08 or above" than you need to: wait 30 days,show proof of enrollment in DUI school, go to the Clerk of Court and get a "30 day search" of your driving record, and apply for an administrative hearing for a possible hardship reinstatement.

If your license is suspended for a first time DUI refusal than you need to: wait 90 days, show proof of enrollment in DUI school, go to the Clerk of Court and get a "30 day search" of your driving record, and apply for an administrative hearing for a possible hardship reinstatement.

Florida law prohibits any hardship reinstatement upon 2nd or subsequent suspension for test refusal or if driver has been convicted of DUI under Fla. Stat. 316.193, two or more times.

In Miami, or the greater Miami-Dade County area, if your license is suspended because of a DUI, and you need a driver license for work you can apply at:

Department of Highway Safety & Motor Vehicles Division of Hardship Driver Licenses 2515 West Flagler Street Miami, FL 33135