What can be done if you are under the age of 21 and your California Drivers License is suspended for one year?
Unlike those over 21, DMV decisions involving individuals alleged to have driven with .01% or greater are subjected to a ONE YEAR SUSPENSION.
There is an application called "Critical Need" that may allow those under 21 to apply for a restricted license in certain hardship instances. Living in a state with limited and/or expensive public transportation options, the need to drive is important for survival.
This application is discretionary with no guarantee of approval. The applicant driver must be legally present in California with certain hardship conditions existing.
The driving cannot be simply an abstract need, but must articulate specific reasons, for example, to and from school, concern a family illness, to and from work and/or income needed for family.
A DMV representative will provide notice of their decision within ten working days.
This blog post is not meant to provide legal advice nor is it meant to indicate whether or not an individual is eligible for the restricted license. Feel free to contact us should you require assistance.