The Administrative License Driving Procedure in Florida

After you or someone close to you is arrested for DUI, your mind is (rightfully) on the upcoming criminal case and the consequences of a DUI conviction. At the same time, though, the driver’s license of the person arrested is subject to an administrative suspension. Fortunately, there may be a way to get temporary driving privileges that may be used for business purposes only.  These include: commuting to work, commuting to school, medical visits, driving to court, and attending church.

You Only Have a 10 Day Window

For first-time offenders, you have 2 options within a 10-day window.  You  may:

  1. Request an administrative hearing (formal or informal).  The purpose is to determine if there was probable cause for your arrest.  You will receive an immediate hardship license until the hearing.  If you win, your license may be reinstated.
  2. Enroll in DUI school and request an immediate hardship license.  This license will last the entire duration of your suspension for your first-time DUI. 

Repeat Offenders

If you have been previously convicted of a DUI, you are not eligible for the immediate hardship license. Your only option is to request an administrative hearing within 10 days.  

As soon as you’re arrested for DUI, you should be aware of your time-sensitive obligations. The most pressing, arguably, is the 10-day window to get the wheels rolling on a hardship license. You must call the nearest DHSMV Administrative Review Office to complete the application, to make an appointment, and pay the filing fee.

We understand how chaotic this period can be for you and your family, which is why we can give you all the information to get your life back on track after an arrest. We’re ready to serve you — call us at (863) 825-5309 to schedule an appointment with our team.

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