The state of Arkansas allows for a special type of driver's license called a hardship license. This license grants limited driving privileges to a person due to the severe economic difficulties that not being able to drive would impose. A person with a suspended license resulting from one or more DUI convictions, or a minor with a learning permit, may apply for this license. The Arkansas state government enforces a set of requirements on the application for and maintenance of hardship licenses.
Individuals must prove that they meet Arkansas' eligibility requirements for a hardship license. The applicant must have either a learner's permit if he is under 18, or a suspended but previously valid driver's license. An individual convicted of DUI within five years of a previous offense may be required to wait a year before applying. Individuals with four or more DUI convictions within five years are not eligible.
Requirements for Application
Those with DUI convictions must petition their local court for a hearing to apply for a hardship permit. Underage drivers can complete a paper application through a local police station or the Office of Driver Services. The applicant must demonstrate severe economic hardship and explain how the hardship permit will help him overcome the situation. The economic hardship clause includes individuals whose jobs require them to drive.
A driver must adhere to the requirements set forth by the court after receiving a hardship license. Police can confiscate a license if they find that the driver is at fault for a collision or traffic violation. Minors must maintain a C average or better in school or the court may revoke the license.
Hardship licenses usually only allow a driver to operate a vehicle for a limited number of purposes or at certain times of day. Minors with hardship licenses are only permitted to drive to work, school and medical appointments. They can only transport close family members, such as parents or older siblings. Drivers with DUI convictions may be required to fit their car with an ignition interlock device. This machine tests the driver's breath for alcohol content before engaging the ignition.