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How Do I Apply for a Hardship License in Indiana?

How Do I Apply for a Hardship License in Indiana?

What is a Hardship License?

In Indiana, it is possible that your driver’s license will be suspended if you are convicted of an OWI charge. You may be eligible for a hardship license, which is a limited driver’s license that can allow you to drive only for specific reasons.

These reasons may include work, school, to religious services, or other similar purposes. You will need to apply for a hardship license through the court, but there may be other steps you need to take.


Contact Arnold Terrill, P.C. for help with your case.


OWI Driver’s License Suspensions

Your driver’s license can be suspended for a number of reasons related to an OWI charge, including:

  • Refusing a chemical test: Up to 2 years of administrative suspension by the BMV.
  • Failing a chemical test: Up to 180 days of administrative suspension by the BMV.
  • OWI Conviction: Your suspension period will be determined by your ages, the number of prior offenses, and your BAC. This suspension is made by the court.

Apply to the Court

If your driver’s license was suspended by the court due to an OWI conviction, you will need to petition that court for a hardship license. If your license was suspended by the BMV, then you may file your petition with any courthouse in the county.

The court will be responsible for deciding the terms of your hardship license, such as the length of time it is valid and other limitations. The court will notify the BMV of your hardship license and terms with a Form SR17.

License Reinstatement

If the court approves your petition for a hardship license, you will need to pay the fees to reinstate your driver’s license. The specific fee for your driver’s license reinstatement will be listed on your suspension paperwork. You can pay the fee online on the BMV website or by mail.

If you are arrested for an OWI, your driving privileges may be at risk. Our Fort Wayne OWI attorneys are ready to help you protect your driver’s license and fight for your rights. At Arnold Terrill, P.C., we have more than 50 years of collective legal experience to draw from, and we will work tirelessly to ensure that your rights are respected.


Contact our team today to learn how we can help you. Schedule a free initial phone consultation by calling (888) 912-7220.


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