Limited Driving Privileges

When a driver has their license suspended because of an OVI/DUI or too many points on their driving record, the courts can order a modification that allows the driver to have limited driving privileges.

Those who are issued limited driving privileges are given a judgment entry that is issued by the court and it specifies when and where the driver can drive. The judgment must be kept on the driver at all times whenever they are operating a motor vehicle. 

Attorney for Limited Driving Privileges in Cincinnati, OH

If your license has recently been suspended and you wish to seek limited driving privileges from the court, it would be in your best interest to retain knowledgeable legal counsel from Joslyn Law Firm. Our attorneys are experienced with cases involving DUI issues and will fight to achieve the best possible outcome for your situation.

We assist clients in communities around the Cincinnati area that include Hamilton, Middletown, Lebanon, Sharonville, Blue Ash, Fairfield, Mason, Oxford and many others. Call us today at (513) 339-6289 or submit your information in our online form and one of our attorneys will review your case for free.


Overview of Limited Driving Privileges in Ohio


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How Do I Request Limited Driving Privileges?

An attorney will usually request limited driving privileges during the first or last court date if your license is still suspended.

Some courts will require a hearing, written motion and a fee. Some will accept an oral motion by itself, but most will require one along with a signed order that includes varies conditions.

Depending on the county, an order may be required to show proof of employment with a letter from their employer verifying their work schedule, pay outstanding fines and court cost, clear outstanding warrants, be in compliance with terms of probation, provide proof of insurance and financial responsibility.


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How do I Qualify for Limited Driving Privileges?

When a driver is granted limited driving privileges in Ohio, the court will specify the purpose, time and place of the privileges. The court may also impose any other condition they see as reasonable on the driver. Ohio Revised Code 4510.021 establishes that a driver may be granted limited driving privileges for the following purposes:

  • Educational, occupational or medical purposes
  • To take a drives license or commercial drivers license exam
  • Attend court-ordered treatment
  • To transport a child to a specified location for the purposes of receiving child care

The driver will have to wait a certain amount of time before they are considered eligible for limited driving privileges. This is called hard times, and the amount of time varies depending on prior refusals of chemical test, guilty pleas and convictions within a 6 year period. Below are hard times for limited driving privileges in Ohio:

Refusal of Chemical Test:

  • No priors – After 30 days
  • 1 prior – After 90 days
  • 2 priors – After 1 year
  • 3 priors – After 3 years

Failed Chemical Test:

  • No priors – After 15 years
  • 1 prior – After 45 days
  • 2 priors – After 180 days
  • 3 priors – After 3 years

When a driver is granted limited driving privileges, they must keep a copy of their privileges order on them when they drive. This order will list the days, hours and places a driver is able to drive to. The driver may also be required to keep a driving log along with their work schedule in the vehicle. 

If caught driving without privileges order or outside stated conditions, the driver could face three days in jail.


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Ohio Limited Driving Privileges Resources

Ohio Driver's License Suspension Q&A – The Ohio State Bar Association features a Q&A column answering frequently asked questions regarding driver’s license suspension in Ohio. The column answers questions like why might my license be suspended, how to get a license back and what to do if you cannot afford the fees. The Ohio State Bar Association is an organization that promotes legal education in Ohio.

Ohio Revised Code 4510.021 – Full text of the Ohio Revised Code that governs limited driving privileges in Ohio on codes.ohio.gov. The statute offers in-depth explanations of issues such as what privileges can be granted and granting driving privileges to those under 18. Codes.ohio.gov is a website that features the Ohio Revised Code and the Administrative Code.


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Lawyer for Limited Driving Privilege in Cincinnati, OH

If you are seeking limited driving privileges in Ohio because of a suspended license you should contact Joslyn Law Firm today. Our attorneys will do everything they can to ensure the best possible outcome is achieved for your situation.

Joslyn Law Firm is experienced with limited driving privilege in Ohio and proudly serves communities in central Ohio that include Cincinnati, Hamilton, Middletown, Lebanon, Sharonville, Blue Ash, Mason, Fairfield, Oxford and many others. Call us today at (513) 339-6289 or submit your information in our online form and one of our attorneys will review your case for free.


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