Can I Get a Conditional License in New York?

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Because you received one or more convictions for driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs, the court has suspended your New York driver’s license. Unfortunately, the court did not simultaneously suspend your work, educational or medical obligations. Thankfully, New York does have a form of conditional license. For more information on who qualifies and how to obtain one, please read on, then contact an experienced Nassau County DUI lawyer today.

Does New York offer drivers a conditional license?

If you qualify for a conditional license or conditional driving privilege, you may legally drive within certain limitations. A conditional license is not valid for driving a vehicle that requires the operator to hold a Commercial Driver’s License (CDL). The limitations for using a conditional license, and the reasons for its revocation, also apply to conditional driving privileges issued to participants licensed in other states.

How do you obtain a conditional license in New York?

You must enroll in the Drinking Driver Program or Impaired Driver Program (IDP). Upon enrollment, a Conditional License/Driving Privilege Attachment (MV-2020) will be issued to you with the conditional license/permit. Once you accept a conditional license, you must complete the course and any required clinical assessment or treatment. You must attend all seven weekly classroom sessions, each of which takes 2 to 3 hours for 16 hours total. When you satisfactorily complete the classroom sessions, your involvement in the IDP will end, unless the program refers you for formal assessment and any resulting treatments.

Why might you be referred for formal assessment and/or treatment?

Referrals can result from:

  • The results of a written self-inventory
  • Two or more alcohol or drug-related driving convictions within 10 years
  • An arrest for an alcohol or drug-related driving violation while enrolled in the IDP
  • Attending class under the influence of alcohol or drugs or reasonable suspicion thereof
  • A written request by the participant for help with a substance abuse problem

Where and when can you drive with a conditional license?

If you receive a conditional license, you may drive to and from:

  • Your place of employment and/or during the hours of employment if your job requires you to drive a motor vehicle
  • A Motor Vehicle office to transact business regarding the conditional license or IDP
  • A class or activity that is an authorized part of the IDP
  • A class or course at an accredited school, college or university, or at a state-approved institution of vocational or technical training in which you are enrolled
  • Probation activities ordered by the court
  • Anywhere during an assigned period of three consecutive hours between 5 a.m. and 9 p.m. once a week
  • A medical appointment that is part of necessary treatment for you or a member of your household
  • A child’s school or daycare if the child’s attendance at the school or daycare is necessary for you to maintain employment or enrollment in an accredited school, college, university or state-approved institution of vocational or technical training

If you have any further questions, please reach out to a skilled Nassau County criminal defense attorney as soon as possible.


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