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Minnesota Limited License

Minnesota Administrative Rule 171.30 allows the Driver and Vehicle Services Division of the Minnesota Department of Public Safety to issue a limited license, in certain cases, when a Minnesota driver’s license has been cancelled, suspended, or denied. A limited license, which is also called a “work permit,” can be issued if it is necessary for work or employment purposes, if the applicant’s continued attendance in a drug or alcohol treatment, counseling, or educational program is dependent on a valid driver’s license, if a valid driver’s license is needed for attendance at a post-secondary educational institution, or if the license is required to “prevent the substantial disruption of the education, medical, or nutritional needs of the family.”

There are waiting periods of varying lengths, ranging from 15 days to 1 year before a driver can apply for a limited license. For example, a driver charged with 1st offense DUI who refuses a chemical test will have a 1 year suspension. He can apply for a limited license after serving 15 days. A driver charged with 1st offense DUI who fails a breath test will have a 6 month revocation and he can apply after serving 30 days.

In Minnesota, as in Massachusetts, the burden is on the applicant to prove that the use of public transportation or other alternatives to a limited license constitute a significant hardship and not be feasible. Proof of insurance coverage will be required in some situations.

The Commissioner of Public Safety, like the Massachusetts Registry and Board of Appeal, will consider the number and the seriousness of prior convictions and the applicant’s entire driving record when deciding on a limited license request. Also, the number of miles driven by the driver annually is a consideration.

Unlike Massachusetts, where there is absolutely no hardship relief available for license suspensions resulting from non-payment of child support, the Minnesota DMV may consider you for a limited 90 day license if your Minnesota license was suspended for non-payment of child support. This limited license is valid only for 90 days and it cannot be extended. The purpose of this limited license is to allow delinquent child support obligors to be able to drive for a 90 day period, so that they can earn money to pay their outstanding child support obligations. This type of hardship license will only allow you to drive for a maximum of 60 hours,  6 days per week. 

If you need more information regarding how to get a limited license, you can contact the Driver Evaluation division of the Department of Public Safety at (651) 296-2025.