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Keep driving privileges after OUI/DWI with Cinderella license

A drunk driving arrest is an incredibly stressful life experience. Not only must people deal with the potential legal outcome of their arrest and the related fines, but most go on to lose their driving privileges for a period. A Cinderella license could keep you behind the wheel even after an OUI/DWI arrest.

Also known as a hardship license, a Cinderella license can be essential to Massachusetts drivers. This type of license allows you to drive even if your driving privileges have been suspended because of a drunk driving conviction. Unfortunately, it is not quite as simple as asking for the license. As its name indicates, you must definitively demonstrate that not driving will place an undue hardship on your life. The impact of not being able to drive will be different for everyone and can include:

  • Loss of employment
  • Lack of transportation for medical treatments
  • Missed school

If you are a first-time OUI/DWI offender, obtaining a Cinderella license can be quick. The time needed to obtain this license following a second offense can be much longer. For example, if you are currently on a two-year driving suspension for a second DWI, you must wait at least one year before you can begin the process for a hardship license, which must then be accompanied by an IID -- an ignition interlock device -- on your vehicle.

While it might seem obvious why a loss of driving privileges would impose a hardship on your life, proof is still required. However, it can be difficult and confusing for alleged OUI/DWI offenders to collect and submit the necessary information, and even then, there is no guarantee that the Cinderella license will be granted. We are proud of our tireless dedication to guiding people in Massachusetts through the Cinderella license process and to the most successful result possible.

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