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Pennsylvania Hardship Licenses

The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation, Bureau of Driver Licensing (DOT), issues Occupational Limited Licenses (OLL) to drivers whose Pennsylvania driving privileges have been, or will be, suspended. This limited license authorizes the holder to drive a designated motor vehicle, under certain limited conditions, when it is necessary for the driver’s work, profession, occupation, education, or medical treatment.

Unlike in Massachusetts, PENN DOT does not conduct Occupational Limited License hearings. Instead, certain documents such as your driver history, application, and current suspension are reviewed to determine eligibility.  To get an Occupational Limited License, you must complete a DL-15 petition. The DOT will require proof of insurance prior to the issuance of any OLL. As part of the application process, you must provide your work or school schedule. These licenses are not available for all suspensions. For example, there is no relief for leaving scene of an accident or reckless operation suspensions.

Qualfiied DUI offenders may be able to resovle first offense drunk driving cases through the Pennsylvania ARD Program, which is similar to the Massachusetts 24D Program for 1st offenders.