What is a Hardship Permit?
A hardship permit allows you to operate a non-commercial motor vehicle, if your driver’s license is suspended after a DUI citation. A hardship permit gives you limited driving privileges for such things as going to and from work or your treatment classes.
When Can I Apply for a Hardship Permit?
There are waiting periods before you can apply for hardship permit. These time periods can range anywhere from 30 days to three years. Some circumstances allow you to apply right away, without having to wait. It’s always best to discuss this with your attorney so you know what options are applicable to your unique situation. It is important to note that all suspension and hardship permit rules are different for those who hold a Commercial Driver’s License (CDL).
How Do I Apply For A Hardship Permit?
You will need to complete the application, found here, complete with all of the necessary requirements. These requirements include proof of an SR-22 certificate and applicable fees among other things. To check the status of your application, and for other questions, you can contact the DMV suspension unit at 503-945-5000.
The DMV can take up to 2-6 weeks, on average, to process the Hardship Permit Application. It is a good idea to submit your application and supporting documents as early as possible. Early submission does not mean that the DMV will process your application early. This just ensures that the DMV has possession of your application and can begin processing it right away, once you are eligible.