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How Can I Get a Limited Driver's License
in Minnesota?


A person whose driver's license has been revoked in Minnesota for an implied consent violation or DWI conviction may apply for a limited license to drive:

  • to and from a job, or for a job;
  • to chemical dependency treatment;
  • to provide for the educational, medical, or nutritional needs of the family; and/or
  • for attendance at a post-secondary educational institution.

Minnesota law requires a waiting period (i.e. "hard revocation" or "blackout period") before a suspended or revoked driver may apply for a limited license. The waiting period is:

  • 15 days for a first-time implied consent or DWI violator or if 10 years have passed between the current offense and previous implied consent revocation and/or conviction;
  • 90 days for a second-time (within 10 years) or subsequent violator who provided a test;
  • 180 days for a second (within 10 years) or subsequent violator who refused the test;
  • one year for a person revoked for criminal vehicular homicide;
  • if under the age of 18, for twice the applicable period above, with a minimum of 90 days with no license available until the driver reaches the age of 18.
  • for twice the applicable period above, if the person's alcohol concentration was .20 or more at the time of the violation; and
  • an additional 60 days, if the license withdrawal involved use of the vehicle in commission of a felony crime or an injury accident involving failure to stop and disclose identity.

Under a little-known program, a person whose driver's license has been cancelled and denied for a third or more impaired driving incident (as inimical to public safety), may also apply for a limited license, but only if:

  • at least one-half the person's required abstinence period has expired;
  • the person has completed chemical dependency treatment and is regularly participating in a recognized abstinence-based support group; and
  • the person agrees to drive only a motor vehicle equipped with a certified ignition interlock device.

Presently, the State of Minnesota has not certified any ignition interlock device. Until it does, the program appears to exist on paper only. Apart from this program, a limited driver's license may not be issued at any time to a driver whose license is cancelled and denied for a third or more DWI violation (as inimical to public safety).

For a free consultation on getting a limited drivers license/work permit after a Minnesota DWI, call me for a free legal consultation at 612-334-3342.

Douglas V. Hazelton, Attorney at Law
Northland Plaza Bldg.,
3800 American Boulevard
Bloomington, MN 55431
Phone: 612-334-3342

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