Connecticut Drivers License Hardship Law

Drivers Hardship License Law – General – Connecticut

1. Does the agency (motor vehicle/DOT) law provide for hardship licenses?

Yes, under Sec. 14-37a, a special operator’s permit for employment purposes may be issued. Any person whose operator’s license has been suspended pursuant to any provision of this chapter or chapter 248, except pursuant to section 14-215 for operating under suspension or pursuant to section 14-140 for failure to appear for trial, may make application to the Commissioner of Motor Vehicles for a special permit to operate a motor vehicle to and from such person’s place of employment or, if such person is not employed at a fixed location, to operate a motor vehicle only in connection with, and to the extent necessary, to properly perform such person’s business or profession.

2. Is an agency hearing required before a hardship license is issued?

The driver must make an application to the Commissioner of Motor Vehicles.

3. Do prior offenses prevent me from obtaining a hardship license?

Under § 14-37a, only a suspension for refusal to submit to chemical test, failure to appear for trial or operating under suspension  will prevent a person from getting a hardship license.

4. What are the requirements for getting a hardship license?

Limited licenses are granted in the commissioner’s discretion upon a showing of significant hardship. They may be granted to an application that is submitted in proper form and contains such information and attestation by the applicant as the commissioner may require.

5. Does a lifetime or mandatory revocation make you ineligible for restricted driving privileges?

No. Under § 14-37a, licenses suspended pursuant to section 14-215 for operating under suspension or pursuant to section 14-140 for failure to appear for trial are excepted from applying for a limited license. Also, public passenger transportation permits, commercial driver’s licenses, or any person whose operator’s license has been suspended previously pursuant to section 14-227b. for refusing to submit to a blood, breath or urine test or analysis are excluded from being eligible for a limited license.

6. Can minors receive limited driving privileges

C.S. Sec. 14-36. allows persons between 18 and 21 limited driving privileges under a learner’s permit upon a showing of competency and ability.


Inside Connecticut Drivers License Hardship Law