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What is a conditional drivers' license in New York?

In New York, a person who is convicted of a drunk driving charge might find out that their drivers' license is being suspended or revoked. This can cause significant problems for some people. Getting to work or school can often be a complicated issue. For some people, getting a conditional drivers' license or driving privileges might help them to be able to get to and from vital places.

When can a person with a conditional license or driving privilege attachment drive?

A person can drive to work and back home. They can also drive to and from school; however, high school students aren't eligible for this type of license. They can drive to medical appointments, but must have a notice from the doctor's office about the appointment. The appointment must be for the driver or a household member. Driving a child to school or daycare is allowed if that is necessary for you to work or if the child is enrolled in an accredited school.

Can a person run errands?

It is possible for a person to drive to and from the Drinking Driver Program and to any probation activities that are court ordered. Anyone with a conditional license or driving privilege attachment will be assigned a 3-hour period during which they can drive for other reasons. The day and hours are set by the court, but the hours are somewhere between 5 pm and 9 pm, depending on the court order.

Can a person drive a work vehicle?

A person with this type of restriction can't drive any vehicle that requires a commercial drivers' license. They can drive a vehicle during their work hours if their job requires it.

It is important for anyone who has a conditional license understand the terms. The license can be revoked if any conditions aren't complied with. Anyone who is facing drunk driving charges should look into this program, as well as others to determine their options.

Source: New York State Department of Motor Vehicles, "The Conditional License" accessed Mar. 11, 2015

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