Some Pennsylvania drivers with a recent conviction for driving under the influence may qualify for an occupational limited license. With a limited license, you can drive a designated vehicle under certain conditions for the purposes of work, school and/or medical treatment.

If you are serving a license suspension after a DUI, read on to learn more about applying for an occupational limited license.

Determine eligibility

Certain offenses automatically disqualify Pennsylvania drivers from receiving a limited license. These convictions include the following:

  • Receiving a DUI while serving a license suspension
  • Refusing to take a breath test or field sobriety test during a DUI arrest
  • Driving without insurance
  • Racing other vehicles on a state highway
  • Passing a school bus
  • Fleeing a law enforcement officer
  • Committing vehicular homicide
  • Committing a DUI involving aggravated assault
  • Driving without lights
  • Driving recklessly
  • Causing an accident involving serious bodily injury or death
  • Driving a vehicle with a removed or falsified ID number, documents or plates

Satisfy outstanding fees

The Department of Transportation will not process a limited license application until you have satisfied all other fees and requirements. This includes all outstanding tickets, restoration fees and fines as well as proof of insurance. Drivers must also surrender their driver’s license before applying for an OLL.

Submit your application

Drivers must complete Form DL-15, Occupational Limited License Petition. Your submission should include the petition fee.

Await approval

The DOT will review your driving record and your petition to determine your eligibility for an occupational limited license. You will receive a written decision within 20 days of your application. If you receive approval, you must take the approval letter to your local Department of Motor Vehicles to have your photo taken and receive your limited license.

DUI carries significant penalties in Pennsylvania, including hundreds or thousands of dollars in fines as well as jail time. Avoid drinking and driving to protect yourself and others on the road from serious injury or fatality.