Losing your license is a real possibility if you receive an alcohol-related driving conviction such as driving while intoxicated or driving while ability impaired by alcohol. However, the hardships that the loss of driving privileges imposes often put offenders at risk of subsequent violations.
Fortunately, you may be able to obtain a conditional license through the Impaired Driver Program, according to the New York State Department of Motor Vehicles.
License revocation and suspension
The loss of your driving privileges begins immediately upon receiving a court order of your conviction and sentencing. This is also when the clock starts for serving the time for the suspension or revocation. So, for example, if the order says your suspension is for two years, that two years ends on the second anniversary of the date on your court order.
Continuation of driving privileges
The court may provide an MV-1192, which is a continuation of driving privileges. This gives you 20 days after the hearing during which you may keep driving. The clock does not begin ticking on your revocation or suspension time until that 20 days is up.
If you are eligible to enroll in the IDP, the court order for your suspension or revocation will indicate where you can go to apply for the conditional license.
Driver responsibility assessments
Part of the program involves driver responsibility assessments. You must pay for these every year for three years after your conviction.
Although participating in the IDP does restore some of your privileges, it does not waive any of your fees and penalties.