What is a special hardship licence?


A special hardship licence is an order that lets you drive under special conditions even though your driver licence has been suspended.

You need to apply to the court in writing for a special hardship order. If the Court gives you an order, they can put conditions on the order, such as times and the purpose for which you can drive. and the order will apply until your licence suspension period ends.

You cannot automatically get a special hardship order because you say you need your licence for work, study or another reason. There are strict criteria and the Court can refuse your application if you meet the criteria to apply but the Court does not believe you are a fit and proper person to hold a licence.

Am I eligible for a special hardship licence?

You may be eligible for a special hardship order if your licence has been (or is about to be) suspended because:

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