Do you need a route restricted license to drive after a DUI conviction in SC?
There are several types of provisional licenses that you may be eligible for depending on your situation, and there may be other requirements that you need to meet before you can get behind the wheel again.
Below, we will go over the basics of provisional DUI licenses in SC, including:
If your license has been suspended because of an implied consent violation or a first-offense DUI conviction, you may not need a route restricted license.
Instead, a temporary alcohol license (TAL) or a provisional DUI license may be what you need to get back on the road…
If you have been charged with DUI or DUAC and you either 1) refused the breathalyzer or 2) took the breathalyzer and the result was .15 or greater, your license was immediately suspended.
You can challenge the implied consent violation by requesting an administrative hearing/ implied consent hearing within 30 days of your arrest. If you win the hearing, your license is restored. If you lose the hearing, you lose nothing, but you will have to serve the suspension, enroll in ADSAP, and you may have an ignition interlock device requirement before you can drive again.
But can you drive while you are waiting for the implied consent hearing?
Once you have requested the administrative hearing, you can go to the DMV and get a temporary alcohol license (TAL) that allows you to drive until your hearing date. There are no restrictions on the TAL (it is not a route restricted license) except that you cannot drive after drinking alcohol.
What if you have been convicted of DUI or DUAC?
After a DUI conviction, your driver’s license is suspended, but you may be eligible for a six-month provisional license if:
Although you are technically eligible for a route restricted license also, you should not ask for a route restricted license after a first-offense DUI conviction because 1) you are eligible for the provisional six-month license and 2) you can only get a route restricted license once in your lifetime.
You can only get a route restricted license once, and it only applies to license suspensions for:
You can get a route restricted license in person at the DMV office, or by filling out a Route Restricted Driver’s License Application and mailing it with the $100 license fee to the SCDMV’s Blythewood office at:
PO Box 1498
Blythewood, SC 29016-0028
A route restricted license, as the name implies, does not allow you to drive just anywhere. You are limited to driving:
Even if you are eligible for a provisional license or a route restricted license after a DUI conviction, there are other requirements that you may need to meet before you can get behind the wheel.
Depending on your situation, these may include:
If you have been charged with DUI, DUAC, felony DUI, or a DUI-related offense in SC, contact a DUI defense lawyer on the Axelrod team immediately – we may be able to get your case dismissed, you may be able to avoid a license suspension, and you may have defenses that you are not aware of.