If you have a Missouri driving privilege that has been suspended or denied and are not currently eligible for reinstatement–but need to drive for employment purposes or other important matters-you may be eligible for a hardship license.
A hardship license – also called a limited driving privilege or LDP in Missouri – allows someone with a license that has been suspended, revoked, or denied to drive a motor vehicle for purposes related to work, school, medical care, childcare, or legal obligations.
What can make me ineligible to receive a Limited Driving Privilege (LDP) in Missouri?
- Your Missouri driving privilege is eligible for reinstatement but not all of the reinstatement requirements have been met.
- You have been convicted, during the last five years, of a felony involving a motor vehicle.
- You have a suspension, revocation, cancellation, or disqualification of commercial driving privileges (NOTE: Only a non-commercial LDP may be issued in this case).
- You have a revocation for failure to pass a driving or medical examination as required by the Director of Revenue.
- You have a suspension for an unsatisfied motor vehicle accident judgment (until payment has been made and compliance has been met).
- You have a suspension for failure to pay a ticket in Missouri or another state (until payment has been made and compliance has been met).
- You have a suspension that resulted from a conviction for driving while intoxicated (DWI) or driving with an excessive blood alcohol concentration (BAC). You may be eligible for a Restricted Driving Privilege (RDP).
- You have an Administrative Alcohol Suspension (for driving a motor vehicle with a BAC over the legal limit). You may be eligible for a Restricted Driving Privilege (RDP).
- You are not currently a Missouri resident, or (if a resident of another state) you do not work or attend school in Missouri.
There are two ways to apply for an LDP.
- Submit an application to the Department of Revenue:
- You must submit a completed Application for Limited Driving Privilege (Form 4595) (instructions on form);
- File a petition with the circuit court in the county where you live or work:
- A filing fee and court costs will be required if you file a petition with the court.
- You may need to seek legal advice when filing your petition.
To see all of the rules and requirements of an LDP in Missouri, visit: https://dor.mo.gov/driver-license/revocation-reinstatement/ldp.html