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Qualifying for a Conditional License in New York

New York courts and the DMV have the power to suspend or revoke a person’s license if they’re convicted of a serious driving-related offense, such as a DWI (driving while intoxicated) or DWAI (driving while ability impaired). However, the DMV is also aware that driving is necessary for most people if they are to get to work or school. If your license has been suspended due to an alcohol or drug-related conviction, you may be qualify for a conditional license that allows you to drive to work, school, and other essential places.

Applying for a Conditional License

The New York State Department of Motor Vehicles will only permit a conditional license if you haven’t been issued one in the last five years. Before you can receive your conditional license, you must enroll in the Impaired Driver Program (IDP).

If you’re issued a conditional license, you can legally operate a motor vehicle under the following circumstances:

  • When you’re driving to and from your job
  • During the hours you’re working (if driving is a requisite of your job)
  • To attend court or probation activities ordered by the court
  • When you’re driving to and from a mandatory class related to your rehabilitation program
  • If you need to attend classes at an accredited university or state-approved institution for vocational or technical training
  • To get to the DMV for matters relating to your license or the IDP program
  • During a three-hour consecutive period (between 5 a.m. and 9 p.m.) on a day chosen by the program administrators
  • You can drive to a hospital or doctor’s office if you or a loved one require medical assistance (you may need a written statement from a license medical practitioner)
  • To drop off or pick up your children from school or daycare

There are additional limitations associated with a conditional license. For example, a conditional license does not include Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) privileges. Additionally, you will not be issued a conditional license if you were convicted of DWAI Drugs, though you may still be eligible for a restricted use license.

Also, your conditional license can be revoked if you fail to participate in the IDP program or are charged with a subsequent alcohol or drug-related traffic offense.

Schedule a Consultation Today

There are several reasons why a person may or may not be eligible for a conditional license. If you’ve been charged with a DWAI, DWI, or DWI drugs, contact the Hudson Valley DWI attorneys at The Ahearne Law Firm today. We can thoroughly investigate your case and help you explore your legal options.

Reclaim your future and driving privileges today. Contact The Ahearne Law Firm at (845) 763-4100 to schedule a consultation.


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