Hardship License Requirements in Massachusetts
If you have lost your driver’s license in Massachusetts due to a license suspension for DUI, operating under the influence, drug convictions, being a habitual traffic offender, license fraud, or for having accumulated 7 surchargeable events, you may be able to legally drive during your suspension or revocation with a hardship driver’s license. The Mass. Department of Transportation and Division of Insurance Board of Appeal provide hardship licenses for qualified applicants so that someone whose license has been suspended can drive for work, school, or medical reasons.
Hardship licenses are not issued in cases where a license suspension presents an inconvenience. To qualify, the person seeking a 12 hour hardship license or work license must show that they have a significant need to drive for occupational, educational, or medical reasons. Without proof of a need to drive for such purposes, the Registry will not grant you a hardship license. Also, to qualify for a hardship license, there can be no reasonable alternative to driving. For example, if you are seeking a Cinderella license for work purposes and you can walk to work, you will be denied. Likewise, if there is public transportation available which you can use to get to and from work, you will not qualify for a hardship license.
In order to prove your case, you must supply documentation which confirms your need to drive. This documentation usually comes in the form of a letter from your employer which confirms your status and work hours. The letter should explain how good attendance and punctuality is paramount and how public transportation will not meet your needs. If you are seeking a hardship license for school, you must produce current proof of enrollment from the Registrar’s office which confirms your status as a student and lists your class schedule.
If you are looking for a hardship license to get to doctor’s appointments, you must supply a letter from your doctor which verifies your need to drive to medical appointments. Appointment schedules are also helpful to substantiate your case. You must show that pubic transportation is not available to get you to these appointments. You can show this by producing bus, train, and other public transportation schedules.
In summary, it is crucial to have proof of your need to drive for legitimate purposes and you should be able to show the lack of alternatives to driving in order to increase your chances of being granted a hardship license in Massachusetts. These licenses are not automatically granted and there is no automatic right to a hardship license. To get one, you must show that you do not present a danger to public safety and that you have a verifiable need to drive.