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Hardship & Probationary Permits


A hardship permit is available for some driver license suspensions.

A probationary permit is available for a driver revoked as a habitual offender.

The hardship and probationary permits allow you to drive a non-commercial motor vehicle only.

​These permits let you drive:

  • To and from work;
  • On the job;
  • To seek employment; or
  • To take part in a gambling addiction, alcohol or drug rehabilitation program.

If your license was suspended for an uninsured accident or for a minor in possession conviction and no other reason, you may be able to get a hardship permit to drive for basic family needs, such as:

  • Taking children to and from school/daycare;
  • Getting medical treatment; or
  • Buying groceries.

You cannot get a hardship or probationary permit if any of the following apply:

  • Your license is revoked for a traffic crime;
  • Your license is suspended for failure to appear on a traffic offense; or
  • Your license is suspended for failure to comply with a traffic fine.

To make sure you are eligible, contact DMV at 503-945-5000.

  • Download and fill out the application;
  • Get all required documentation;
  • Pay the fees; and
  • Mail your application, required documents and payment (check or money order) to:
    • DMV - Driver Suspension Unit
      1905 Lana Avenue NE
      Salem, OR 97314
  • You can’t get a hardship or probationary permit at a DMV office.
  • The process could take up to 10 days.
  • You may be required to serve a mandatory suspension length before we issue the permit.
  • We won’t issue the permit until the suspension is in effect.

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