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Do I qualify for a provisional license after a DUI?

One of the greatest difficulties after a DUI can be losing your driving privileges. You may not fully appreciate your ability to drive as you wish until someone says that you can't. However, there is a path towards restoring your driver's license and how soon that occurs depends on how many DUI convictions you have.

A first-time DUI offender faces a six-month suspension, while a second offense will cost you your driver's license for one year. The suspension for a third offense then doubles to two years before receiving a permanent revocation for a fourth offense.

Another alternative

Let's say that you've just received your first conviction. You will have to pay $100 to reinstate your license in six months if you choose to wait out your suspension. Alternatively, you could apply for a provisional license to restore your ability to drive sooner. South Carolina requires you to meet the requirements to have provisional license eligibility. Here are some of the conditions:

  • Pay the $100 fee.
  • Enroll in the Alcohol and Drug Safety Action Program.
  • You must previously have been an exempt or licensed driver in South Carolina.
  • Since your initial DUI conviction, you have received no additional suspensions.

Again, only first-time offenders are eligible for a provisional license. Applying for your provisional license is an especially good idea if you have children, parents, or others who depend on you for transportation.

When the police arrest you, they give you a 30-day notice of your suspension and that's when you should begin strategizing the options for retaining your license. Even if the state suspends your license, there are ways you can still legally drive until the suspension ends. A provisional license is one way to retain some or all your driving privileges after a DUI.

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