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What is a Restricted License in Virginia?

After a DUI arrest and conviction, individuals may be offered a restricted license. Let’s go over what that means, when you can use it, and who is eligible.

Virginia Restricted License

In Virginia, there are many reasons why your license may be suspended. This could be a DUI conviction, a drug conviction, or even unpaid child support. If your license has been suspended, you may be eligible for a restricted license.

A restricted license, sometimes referred to as hardship or work license, allows individuals with a suspended license to drive again but only under specific circumstances.

With a restricted license, you may be allowed to drive yourself to and from:

  • Work
  • School
  • Medical treatment (for yourself or a family member)
  • Visitation with your child
  • The alcohol safety action program that each person convicted of DUI must complete

Where each individual is allowed to drive is determined on a case-by-case basis. Overall, having a restricted license can greatly help you maintain a normal life, make a living, and still have some freedom.

Eligibility for a Restricted License

Not everyone with a suspended license is eligible for a restricted license. In fact, eligibility varies based on the severity of the initial offense. For example, someone who was involved in a DUI hit and run will likely not be eligible for a restricted license. For specific guidelines on eligibility, click here.

When applying for a restricted license, you have to provide proof that you need to get to and from a specific location, like work. Additionally, the court may order that an ignition interlock device must be installed in your vehicle in order for you to get a restricted license.

“Any Purpose” Restricted License

Law changes as recent as July 2021 have loosened the limitations on restricted licenses. An “any purpose” restricted license allows the driver to travel anywhere as long as they have an ignition interlock device in their vehicle.

For more information about the new restricted license laws for DUI offenders, click here.

Virginia’s DUI Lawyers

Being convicted of DUI can severely limit your freedom. Even with a restricted license, you are unable to go wherever you want, whenever you want. You want to do everything in your power to avoid a DUI conviction and avoid the inconvenience of a restricted license. At Tillotson & Martin, LLC, we are experts in the field of DUI and we have what it takes to win. Call our Virginia DUI lawyers at (757) 568-7978 to see what we can do for you.