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Getting a Business Purpose Only license after a DUI

One of the most frequently asked questions regarding DUI sanctions is "what happens to my license?" The easy answer is that it gets suspended for a certain period of time. The next question is inevitably "how do I get a temporary one to go to work?" The answer to this question is to get a Business Purpose Only (BPO) license.

A BPO allows you to go to work, the grocery store, the hospital, and any other place that is necessary to maintain you livelihood. A BPO does not allow you to go to your friends' houses or away for the weekend.

Getting a BPO is not as easy as getting a regular license when your license is suspended for a DUI. You must first complete DUI school and present the certificate along with all other paperwork to get a license. This is the rule for straight, first-time DUIs. If your license is suspended because of a refusal to take a breath test, there is a "hard waiting period" of 90 days before you can apply for a BPO.

If you are suspended because of a refusal, you may get your license back before resolving your DUI charge by taking DUI school. WARNING: If you get your BPO because of a refusal suspension before you resolve your DUI case, then your license will be re-suspended after you plea or are found guilty of a DUI and you will have to get your BPO again.

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