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Provisional Driver's License After DUI in South Carolina


Are you facing driving under the influence (DUI) charges in Columbia, South Carolina? If so, you probably know that your driver license is at stake and if you’re convicted of DUI, you face a driver license suspension. The problem is, it’s very difficult to pay your DUI fines when you can’t get to work to earn the money!

So, what do you do? Take the bus to work? Ask friends or family for rides? Call Uber every day and watch your hard-earned money go down the drain? If you’re like most of our clients, none of these alternatives are very workable. But there is another option, and it’s called a “provisional driver’s license” and it’s available to drivers who are convicted of their first DUI offense.

Obtaining a Provisional Driver License

If your driver license is suspended because of a first DUI offense or unlawful alcohol concentration (DUAC), you may qualify for a provisional driver license for six months providing you meet all of the SCDMV’s requirements.

Do you meet all of these requirements?

  • Your SC driver license must have been valid at the time of the DUI or DUAC violation.
  • You meet all requirements regarding previous license suspensions, revocations, and cancellations.
  • At the time of the DUI or DUAC violation, your blood alcohol concentration (BAC) was .14% or less.
  • You cannot have any other license suspension after the DUI or DUAC violation from a separate incident.
  • You enroll in the Alcohol and Drug Safety Action Program (ADSAP). This is a requirement for a provisional license.
  • You pay $100 to obtain the provisional driver license.

What is a Route Restricted Driver’s License?

When someone receives a Route Restricted Driver’s License, it means they can drive a regular passenger vehicle, but only when driving for the following activities:

  • To and from work,
  • To and from school, and
  • For the Alcohol and Drug Safety Action Program or a court-ordered drug program.

If you receive a Route Restricted License, it will be valid for the length of your driver license suspension. Please note that you can only get one Route Restricted License in your lifetime, and it can be issued in connection with alcohol violations, controlled substance violations, BAC of .15%, implied consent violations, etc.

Please contact Masella Law Firm, P.A. if you’re facing a DUI or controlled substance violation in Columbia, SC!

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