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Hardship & Probationary Permits

Overview

This page provides information on hardship and probationary permits and how to obtain them.

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Hardship Permits

For some suspensions of driving privileges you may be able to get a hardship permit that allows for driving privileges to:

  • Go to and from work;
  • Drive on the job;
  • Seek employment;
  • Take part in an alcohol or drug rehabilitation program; or
  • Get medical treatment required on a regular basis.

The hardship permit allows for driving privileges only in a Non-Commercial motor vehicle. We do not have the authority to issue driving privileges for the purposes of driving a Commercial Motor Vehicle (CMV). If you hold a Commercial Driver License (CDL), you may be eligible for a hardship permit, however you would be required to downgrade from a CDL to a non-commercial Class C driver license.

Uninsured Accident
If your driving privileges have been suspended for an uninsured accident or minor in possession and no other reason, you may get a hardship permit to drive for basic family needs, such as taking children to and from school or daycare, getting medical treatment and buying groceries.

Probationary Permits

If your driving privileges have been revoked as a habitual offender you may be able to get a probationary permit that allows for driving privileges to:

  • Go to and from work;
  • Drive on the job;
  • Seek employment;
  • Take part in an alcohol or drug rehabilitation program; or
  • Get medical treatment required on a regular basis.
Eligibility

No hardship or probationary permit is available if your driving privileges are revoked for a traffic crime or for violation of the restrictions of a hardship or probationary permit. In addition, persons suspended for either failure to appear or failure to comply are not eligible for a hardship permit.

To verify eligibility, contact DMV at (503) 945-5000.

Restrictions

Hardship and probationary permits tell you exactly when and where you may drive; your permit will specify hours, days and routes. If you drive outside of these restrictions, law enforcement may cite you for driving while suspended or revoked. DMV may suspend or revoke your right to apply for a hardship or probationary permit for a period of up to one year. There are specific circumstances, if cited for driving while suspended, that DMV may suspend or revoke both the right to apply for a permit and driving privileges for a period of one year.

To Qualify/Apply

In order to qualify and apply, you must:

Mail your completed application, required documentation and payment (check or money order) to:

DMV - Driver Suspension Unit
1905 Lana Avenue NE
Salem OR 97314

DMV offices are unable to issue a permit. Hardship/Probationary Permit applications are processed at DMV Headquarters and the procedure may take up to 10 days. Although you may start the application process at any time prior to a suspension taking effect, DMV will not issue the permit until you have completed all the requirements and the suspension has taken effect.

Related Information

Additional information that may be relevant includes: