Can I Get a Restricted License in Connecticut?

For one reason or another, the court suspended your Connecticut driver’s license. Unfortunately, the court did not simultaneously suspend your work, educational or medical obligations. Thankfully, Connecticut does offer drivers a form of restricted license, known as a “Special Operator’s Permit.” For more information on who qualifies and how to obtain one, please read on, then contact one of our experienced Hartford County traffic violation attorneys today.

Does Connecticut offer drivers a restricted license?

As alluded to above, if your driver’s license is under suspension you may apply for a Special Operator’s Permit that will allow you to drive to and from work, attend classes or examinations at accredited institutions of higher education or to ongoing medical treatment. If approved, you must carry the permit with you when driving and you must follow all restrictions. You may not operate a commercial or public service motor vehicle with a Special Operator’s Permit.

How do you apply for a restricted license in Connecticut?

As a first step for obtaining any of the Special Operator’s Permits, you must complete the Special Operator’s Permit Application: Form MD-1. To qualify for a Special Operator’s Permit, you must not:

  • Be currently suspended for failure to appear or pay a citation
  • Be currently suspended for Operating While Under Suspension
  • Have a prior alcohol-related offense
  • Have three or more prior moving violations as specified in Connecticut General Statute 14-111g(a) on your driving history
  • Have two or more prior moving violations on your driving history if you are currently suspended for Reckless Driving or Evading Responsibility
  • Have a violation of Vehicular Manslaughter or Vehicular Assault

What documents do you need to present for a Special Operator’s Permit?

Assuming you meet the above-listed qualifications, you must submit the following documentation based on your request.

  • Work permit: If you are self-employed, you must submit a copy of your business filing from the CT Secretary of State or the most recent business income tax return indicating the applicant as a principal or owner of the business.
  • Education permit: Obtain and submit a certified copy of your class and examination schedule clearly identifying the days, hours and geographic locations of your classes.
  • Medical permit: A medical permit is only for ongoing medical treatment, which is defined as treatment by or prescribed by a medical provider that requires travel to a treatment facility one or more times per week and is essential to maintaining your life or health. If your license is medically withdrawn, you do not qualify for a medical permit.

If you have any further questions, please reach out to one of our skilled Hartford County criminal defense attorneys as soon as possible.

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