How to get a hardship license in Rhode Island?

January 10, 2017

Many clients and potential clients call and ask how to get a hardship license.  It is now possible to be charged with a DUI and/or refusal and not lose your ability to drive to work, take care of your children or drive to doctors for medical treatment.

Massachusetts has a hardship license (Cinderella license) which has benefited many motorists and now Rhode Island, in certain cases will grant a hardship license.

If you are charged with a DUI, you do not lose your license (in most cases) tell you plead or are found guilty after trial.   At that point, an argument can be made or negotiated that you should get a hardship license.

If you have a refusal case, then an argument can be made prior to a preliminary suspension of your license that the Court should award you a hardship license.

Here are some frequently asked questions about hardship licenses?

WHAT IS A HARDSHIP LICENSE?
a hardship license allows for a motorist to operator a vehicle during a period of license suspension as long as the interlock is installed.
motorist is able to drive for a certain period of hours during the time that the hardship license is imposed
HOW DO I GET A HARDSHIP LICENSE?
If you are changed with certain driving infractions, DUI, DWI, refusal, etc. , then you may be eligible for a hardship license
Hardship licenses are ordered by the Courts- traffic court, district court or Superior Court
IF A COURT ORDERS A HARDSHIP LICENSE WHAT DO YOU DO?
Have to go to Operator Control in Cranston in order to get your hardship license, you must bring:
Proof that an interlock device was installed in the vehicle
Proof that you have an SR-22 (from your insurance company)
Copy of the Court Order
You will be required to pay:
$100 interlock fee to Operator Control
payment to update license to add hardship license

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