One of the most stressful aspects of being convicted of a DUI/DWI in Missouri is not knowing how you will get to the places that you absolutely need to go without the use of a driver’s license – and that using a suspended or revoked license will come with extremely serious consequences.

While your license may be completely suspended for a certain amount of time, you may have the opportunity to apply for a Restricted Driving Privilege (RDP) license or a Limited Driving Privilege (LDP) license. These options can help get you where you need to go, while also keeping repeat offenders from driving to and from drinking establishments.

What Is A Restricted Driving Privilege (RDP) License?

If you haven’t had a previous alcohol-related conviction, your first DWI conviction will result in a 30-day driver’s license suspension, followed by a 60-day Restricted Driving Privilege. If you install an Ignition Interlock Device (IID), you may be able to get a 90-day RDL and skip the suspension.

A RDP allows you to drive just for the necessities in life, such as:

  • Employment
  • Education
  • Medical treatment
  • Alcohol or drug treatment
  • Ignition interlock provider business
  • Court obligations
  • Religious services
  • Child care
  • Court-ordered visitation and custodial obligations
  • Fueling requirements
  • Grocery requirements

To obtain an RDP, you must file proof of insurance as well as proof that you’ve installed an Interlock device in your vehicle.

What Is A Limited Driving Privilege (LDP) License?

Also known as a “hardship license,” a Limited Driving Privilege license is different from an RDP, though they are similar in that they allow those with suspended licenses to get where they need to go.

The LDP is only available to those who don’t have certain types of convictions or charges. For example, you can’t file for an LDP if:

  • You’ve been convicted of a felony within the last five years that involved a motor vehicle.
  • You’ve had a suspension or revocation of your commercial driver’s license.
  • You still need to pay a motor vehicle accident judgment.
  • You have a suspension for failure to pay a traffic ticket.

Talk To A St. Louis DUI Attorney About Your Driving While Intoxicated Case Today

If you are worried about the consequences of your DWI charge or charges, a St. Louis DWI attorney can help you understand your case and your options for moving forward. They can also help you file your paperwork for a RDP or LDP license. For more information, get our FREE Missouri DWI Survival Guide.

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