Locke Law Firm

Specialized Driving Privileges

Driving Privileges Attorney Felicia Locke
Who May Qualify?

If your license is suspended, there is no waiting period to apply for specialized driving privileges. That means if your Indiana driver’s license is suspended, you can apply immediately if you qualify.

Some violations that may be eligible for specialized driving privileges include:

  • Habitual traffic violators
  • Insurance suspensions
  • Unpaid traffic tickets
  • Suspensions issued by the BMV
  • DUI Suspensions

Who Does Not Qualify?

  • A person who has a suspension based on refusal to submit to a chemical test (I.C. 9-30-16-1(a)(2)).
  • A person convicted of an offense that includes the element of causing death of another person and the offense involved the operation of a motor vehicle (I.C. 9-30-16-2(c))
  • A person who has previously received specialized driving privileges and the person has more than one conviction for violating I.C. 9-30-16-5

If you meet the qualifications, call Locke Law Firm for a free consultation to find out if you are a candidate for specialized driving privileges.

Indiana Specialized Driving Privileges

If your driver's license is suspended, an attorney at Locke Law Firm may be able to help you get on the road. Under the old Indiana law, it was difficult for people whose license was suspended to obtain even probationary and hardship licenses.  Under the new Indiana law, if you have a license suspension, you will need to seek specialized driving privileges.  

The New Indiana law

Due to a new Indiana law, the right to petition the court for specialized driving privileges is widely available and is discretionary with the court. A driver receiving a suspension as part of a court order or directly from the BMV may petition the court for specialized driving privileges.

The most common basis for seeking specialized driving privileges is for driving to and from work, medical appointments, grocery store and court ordered parenting time. It is up to the court to grant specialized driving privileges on a case-by-case basis.

The court may impose certain additional restrictions to ensure public safety and your compliance, such as:

  • Requiring an ignition interlock device (breathalyzer) to be installed on your vehicle
  • Limiting your use of a motor vehicle to certain hours of the day or certain routes and locations from your place of residence
  • Requiring you to maintain and show proof of insurance during the duration of your specialized driving privileges
  • Requiring you to carry a copy of the order granting specialized privileges and produce it when requested by law enforcement
  • CDL holders may not operate a commercial motor vehicle during their period of specialized driving privileges.