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Can I Receive a Hardship License in the State of California?

A DUI conviction can drastically affect a person’s life for months, or even years into the future. This is primarily because most DUI convictions entail license suspensions or revocations. That being said, if you were caught driving under the influence, you may be eligible to receive a hardship license. Please continue reading and reach out to our seasoned Red Bluff criminal lawyer to learn more about hardship licenses and whether you may qualify for one. Here are some of the questions you may have:

How can a hardship license help me?

If you receive a hardship license in California, you should retain the right to certain restricted driving privileges. For example, hardship licenses typically give those who hold them the right to drive to work, school, doctor’s appointments, and other approved locations. Without a hardship license, you may find it very difficult to keep your job, and your life, together. Losing the ability to drive is extremely serious, and you must not take it lightly.

How do I know if I qualify for a hardship license in California?

As you may know, not everyone who has received a DUI in California is eligible to receive a hardship license. That being said, as long as you meet the following criteria, you should be eligible to receive this license:

  • You were at least 21 years old at the time of your arrest. If you were younger than 21, you may not receive a hardship license.
  • This is your only DUI offense within the last 10 years
  • You were arrested with a BAC of 0.08% while operating a non-commercial vehicle
  • You’ve enrolled in a DUI First Offender Program and received a Proof of Enrollment Certificate with the DMV upon completion
  • You can pay the $125 reinstatement fee

As you can see, the qualifications for a hardship license in California are rather stringent, which is why if you are seeking a hardship license, it is always best to do so with a competent Red Bluff criminal lawyer on your side. For any further questions concerning hardship licenses and whether you may qualify for one, simply give us a call today. We are here to help.


Here at Cohen Criminal Law, we believe that everyone is innocent until proven guilty. Our mission is to defend your rights, and we are committed to that mission. We will be your number one advocate through every step of the process. Attorney Cohen has fought on behalf of those charged with crimes and traffic violations for over 30 years, and he is ready to fight for you, too. Contact Cohen Criminal Law today to schedule your free initial consultation with our firm.