DWI Q&A: How to Get a Limited License in Minnesota After DWI

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Without a doubt, being charged with DWI in Minnesota has the potential to have a profound impact on your daily routine. By knowing the ins and outs of the system, however, you can proceed with as little impact as possible.

How to Get a Limited License in Minnesota

One of the most problematic consequences of facing a DWI-related arrest is that your driver’s license is suspended. Usually, first time offenders with an alcohol-concentration level of under 0.16 receive a penalty of no regular driving privileges for a 90-day period. But what if you need a way to get to work, or require transportation for other means?

It is possible to get your driving privileges back after just 15 days following your arrest by receiving what’s called a “limited license.” To receive one, you’ll generally need to have one of the following reasons:

  • You need to drive to treatment/counseling
  • You need to drive for education, medical, or nutritional purposes
  • You need to get to and from your job

In order to apply, you’ll need to contact your local DVS commissioner, who will then be able to tell you if you’re eligible. Aside from simply applying, in order to be eligible, you’ll also need to:

  • Pay a reinstatement fee
  • Pass a test

For more information regarding administrative Rules outlining limited license eligibility, visit Minnesota’s Office of the Revisor of Statutes website.

In some instances, receiving a limited license may also require the installation of an ignition interlock device. To find out more about Minnesota’s Ignition Interlock Program, read our previous blog post, Regaining Your Driving Priveleges with Minnesota’s Ignition Interlock Program.