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Wisconsin’s Occupational Driver’s License Restrictions

4 Facts About Wisconsin’s Occupational Driver’s License

Receiving a DUI in Wisconsin is easier than you might expect. The state’s BAC limit is just .08%. That is low enough that two  drinks with dinner could be enough to put you over the limit. If you are pulled over, and the alcohol is still in your system, you can get a DUI and may lose your driver’s license, at least temporarily, and even longer if convicted.

Losing your license can have a ripple effect on your life, especially if you rely on a car to get to and from work. There’s a good chance you could lose or be forced to give up your job if you can’t get there during your suspension. In situations like this, drivers should apply for an Occupational Driver’s License which allows them to drive with certain restrictions. This can be incredibly helpful for workers who need their cars to get to and from their jobs, but you must follow the rules that come with this specialty license, or you may be assigned additional fines and penalties.

Four Important Points About Wisconsin’s Occupational Driver’s License

All Occupational Driver’s Licenses are subject to the following four conditions, but your license may be subject to additional conditions based on your situation.

  1. You can only drive during specified hours. The occupational license restricts the hours in which you can drive. These hours will be specified on your license documentation.
  • You can only drive for limited purposes. An occupational license is not a temporary license that you can use, just like a regular license. You cannot drive whenever and wherever you want. The documentation will specify when and how you can drive. Typically, this will include only essential trips such as driving to and from work, DUI classes, doctor appointments, and the grocery store.
  • You will be limited to driving in certain counties. The court will determine which counties you can drive in. If you must leave the state, the court will determine whether or not to extend your driving privileges outside the state.
  • You must have SR22 insurance. An SR22 is a special auto insurance rider that is required of drivers who have an Occupational Driver’s License due to a DUI in Wisconsin. If you fail to maintain your SR22 policy, your insurance company is required to notify the state, and it may be grounds for the court to revoke your occupational license.

Eisenberg Law Provides DUI Help for Wisconsin Drivers

The DUI attorneys at Eisenberg Law Offices can help you fight DUI charges or negotiate the terms of your Occupational Driver’s License. If you have received a DUI and are concerned about losing your license, contact us at 608-256-8356 or for help.