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Applying for a hardship driver’s license

Driving in Massachusetts is expensive. From the fees for a driver’s license to tickets, insurance and reinstatement, driving costs money. Driving also comes with grave responsibilities. Failure to take these responsibilities seriously could cost a driver, their passengers and other passersby their lives. Because of this, many states have rules in place regarding who can have a license and under what conditions it can be reinstated if suspended or revoked.

Insider notes that some states may even issue hardship licenses under specific circumstances to people who would not otherwise be allowed to drive. One such circumstance involves teenagers who may need to drive to get to and from school, work or extracurricular activities, but who would otherwise be considered too young to have a license.

According to Mass.gov, drivers may apply for a hardship license after an OUI or drug offense leads to its suspension. There are different applications and license types based on the specific reason and each have their own criteria. Common options include:

  •          Drug offense hardship license
  •          First offense hardship license
  •          Multiple offense hardship license
  •          Habitual traffic offender hardship license

Each of these include their own terms and conditions and failure to follow those rules may lead to the state rescinding the license. In order to apply for the license, the fees may range anywhere from a low of $100 to a high of $1,200. There is usually a hearing involved and there is no guarantee that the RMV hearing officers will grant permission. Note than when approved for a hardship license, drivers must give up their physical driver’s license.

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