Requesting a Restricted License
Limited Driving Privileges After License Suspension
Following a DUI or other traffic law conviction, not all DMV hearings are successful. In Los Angeles County in particular, DMV hearing officers are getting stricter and are not allowing people with administrative per se (APS) suspensions to win their driver's licenses back. If you attended your DMV hearing and were not successful in defending your case, then your license will be suspended according to the time specified by your offense.
See our page on license suspension to learn about the specific suspension lengths.
Applying for a Restricted Driver's License
If you are unsuccessful at the DMV hearing and you want to request a restricted license, you cannot do so at the DMV hearing. You must petition for this type of driving privilege at the DMV at a later date. Please note that a restricted driver's license does not completely restore your driving privileges. With a restricted license, you can drive to and from work only.
Requirements for Applying
Before you apply for a restricted driver's license, you must request a first DUI offender treatment list from the DMV. Alternatively, this form is called the AB 541. You must show proof to the DMV that you are enrolled in a program on that list. These treatment programs unfortunately aren't free, and you have to pay all treatment fees before you petition for the restricted license.
You will also have to secure a letter from your employer. Talk to your employer and explain your situation to them. If they agree, they should provide you with a signed letter explaining why you need to have restricted driving privileges and the importance of you being able to drive to and from work during your period of license suspension.
The final requirement is the installation of an ignition interlock device (IID) on the vehicle you will be driving. You are responsible for getting an IID from an approved vendor, having it installed, and regularly calibrated. Show the DMV proof of installation to apply for a restricted license.
For more information, view our FAQ page "How Do You Apply for a Restricted License?"
Contacting a Los Angeles DUI Attorney
If you need help applying for a restricted driver's license in Los Angeles, contact Gold & Witham. We can help you take the necessary steps to qualify for this type of license, so get in touch with us today by calling (800) 716-6791 or filling out a free consultation form.