How to Get a Hardship Driver's License in Mississippi

If you have been arrested for driving under the influence in Mississippi and lost your license, you may be eligible for a hardship license. A hardship license grants you the special privilege of driving under pressing circumstances, such as to work, school or medical treatment. Mississippi only grants the opportunity to apply for a hardship license to first-time offenders who did not refuse the breathalyzer test at the time they were pulled over and arrested for D.U.I.


Step 1

Gather evidence which proves that the suspension of your license would put you in a position of hardship: for example, documentation from your employer that you are in jeopardy of losing your job, documentation showing you are scheduled to undergo medical treatment for a life-threatening illness or evidence that you will be unable to attend school due to the loss of your license.


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Step 2

Pay a filing fee to the circuit court. This filing fee is required in order for you to present your case. According to, as of December 2010, the filing fee is $150, but may be subject to change.

Step 3

Attend your hearing in the circuit court in the county where you were arrested. You can only petition for a hardship license 30 days after your license was originally suspended for a first offense.



Step 4

Present your case to the judge, providing specific documented evidence about how the loss of your license will lead to hardship. The judge will review your case and make a decision based on provided evidence.


A criminal defense lawyer is not required, but may be able to put together and present your case to the circuit court on your behalf.

Things You'll Need

  • Processing fees

  • Documentation of potential hardship



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