Being arrested for drunk driving can make your life very difficult, especially if your driver’s license is suspended or revoked. How will you get to work? You could lose your job if you do not show up to work. How will you get to the grocery store, the doctor’s office and other essential locations? Your health and well-being could suffer.
The state of Missouri recognizes these issues and offers Limited Driving Privileges and Restricted Driving Privileges to some of those arrested for DUI.
What is an LDP?
If your driver’s license was revoked following a DUI and you are not yet eligible for reinstatement, you may be able to pursue a Limited Driving Privilege (LDP). If you have an LPD you are allowed to drive to work and other essential places. LDPs do not allow you to operate a commercial motor vehicle.
Sometimes you must have an Ignition Interlock Device (IID) installed on your vehicle before you can be eligible for an LDP. IIDs are required if you have multiple DUI offenses on your record or if you are currently under a Chemical Revocation.
LDPs are not available to those whose licenses were suspended following a DUI conviction or to those who received an Administrative Alcohol Suspension. Those whose licenses were suspended may be able to apply for a Restricted Driving Privilege (RDP).
What is an RDP?
If your license has currently been suspended following a DUI arrest and you have no other DUI offenses on your record for the past five years, you may be able to pursue a Restricted Driving Privilege (RDP).
There are two types of RDPs. One is an immediate 90-day RDP. This type of RDP requires you to have an IID installed on your vehicle. It permits you to drive to work, school and the doctor’s office, among other essential places.
The second type of RDP grants you a 60-day RDP after you undergo a 30-day suspension period. You are more limited in where you can drive with this type of RDP compared to a 90-day RDP. You must have an IID installed on your vehicle in certain circumstances.
An LDP or RDP can help ease some of the stress of getting a DUI. They allow you to get where you need to be while your driver’s license is suspended or revoked. This gives you the opportunity to continue your life as normally as possible during this time of uncertainty.