License Recovery

If you are convicted of a DWI/DUI in Minnesota, you must not drive during your suspension period and then you may have to get an ignition interlock device installed for a specific period, depending on your offense. Minnesota ignition interlock laws state that first-time alcohol offenders with an alcohol concentration of 0.16 or above, and all second-time alcohol offenders (REVOKED status) may choose to enroll in the Minnesota Ignition Interlock Device Program to regain their driving privileges. In addition, drivers with a third offense in 10 years, or a fourth or fifth offense, (CANCELED AND DENIED AS INIMICAL TO PUBLIC SAFETY status) must enroll in the Ignition Interlock Device Program for a period of three to six years in order to regain full driving privileges.

Steps to Obtaining a Limited Driver’s License During Your Suspension:

Some drivers are eligible for limited driving privileges. Confer with your Minnesota DVS commissioner to let you know whether you’re eligible.

To apply for a limited license:

  • After your suspension time is completed, take and pass the DWI knowledge test. Apply for a new Class D driver’s license and pay application fee.
  • Apply for a limited driver license. Submit application paperwork to DVS by mail, fax, email, or drop off in person (see forms page for addresses).
  • Certify insurance coverage, and enroll in the Ignition Interlock program.
  • Complete your substance abuse counseling or treatment, and pay your reinstatement fees. You will receive a letter authorizing your interlock.
  • Call an authorized ignition interlock provider and make an appointment to have an ignition interlock installed.
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