When you are issued a “Business Purposes Only” permit, you are allowed to drive for any purpose necessary to “maintain livelihood.” This type of license operates under Restriction C. The restriction is limited to driving:
- To and from work
- School or educational purposes
- Necessary on-the-job driving
- To go to church, or
- To see a doctor or medical reasons.
When you are driving with a Business Purposes Only license, it is important to keep driving to a minimum and ONLY for the purposes outlined above and in section 322.271 of the Florida Statutes. If there was ever a time to err on the side of caution, this is it. Drive only when absolutely necessary. Meaning if you can have someone take you to church or to the doctor, do it. If you can car pool when driving to school, take advantage of it. If you can use public transportation or it’s feasible to take Uber or Lyft to work, I would definitely consider it. I always advise my clients to do this and if you happen to work at a job that requires you are present at off-hours such as a server, bartender, nurse, security guard, I always recommend that you have your work schedule and paystubs handy so that you can dispel any suspicions should you be stopped.
Just because you are driving for a valid purpose under your restricted license does not mean that the police officer that stopped you will agree. It’s definitely better to be safe than sorry when driving with a hardship license. The consequences are if you are caught driving with a suspended license are severe.
If you’ve been arrested for DUI and your license has been suspended, give us a call at (305) 707-7345, so that we can discuss how you can drive again.