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What is a Hardship License?
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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:

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