Florida Hardship License
In any state in the nation, you can have your drivers license suspended for driving poorly. Whether from accumulating too many tickets or points, or just getting caught driving dangerously, your Florida license can be suspended for any length of time. But if you live in Florida, you are at an advantage. Rather than relying on friends, or taking the bus, you can take an Advanced Driver Improvement course and get back on the road. What’s more, in Florida you’re also able to apply for a Florida Hardship License, and possibly start driving right away.
There are two different kinds of hardship licenses. The first is a license for business purposes, which lets you drive to and from work, as well as any driving that’s necessary in the performance of your job, or for educational or medical purposes (going to school or doctor’s appointments, for example). The other kind of hardship license is for employment purposes, which limits you to strictly work-related driving.
What Are the Suspensions Eligible for Hardship License?
It’s important to know that not all drivers license suspensions are eligible for a hardship license. Points-related suspensions are usually okay, but a suspension resulting from a DUI is not.
How Can I Enroll in a Florida ADI Course?
You may only take the Florida ADI course with a provider that has been approved by the state of Florida. There are two kinds of classes you are allowed to take: In-Class, or Online. In-Class courses take place over the course of 12 hours, in a classroom. The Florida ADI course online can be taken at home, at work, or anywhere you can get an Internet connection. The biggest benefit of the online version is that you can choose your own pace, doing the lessons one by one, or all at once.
How Can I Get My Florida Hardship License?
If you’re wondering how to get your hardship license in Florida, there are certain steps you have to take:
- First you must sign up for the 12-hour Florida ADI course. Once you complete the course, you’ll receive an enrollment certificate.
- Next, you must contact your county clerk to get a copy of your 30-day driving record.
- Bring both of these items to the DHSMV.
- The hearing officer that is assigned to your case will determine if you’re eligible for the Florida hardship license.
What Are the Benefits of the ADI Course and the Hardship License?
Obviously, taking the ADI course and getting your hardship license gets you back on the road as quickly as possible. Most Floridians have come to rely on their cars in their everyday lives-from going to work, to grocery shopping, to all kinds of errands and appointments. That’s a lot of money and time and headaches you don’t have to spend on taxis, rideshares, and walking.
But taking the Florida ADI course online, or any sort of driver improvement course, has other benefits as well. Simply: It makes you a better driver. If you have a suspended license in the first place, chances are you are in need of a class that teaches you how to drive better. And if you pay attention in class, you’ll emerge much less likely to have your license suspended the second time around.