How Occupational Licenses Work in Wisconsin
If you lose your driver’s license due to an administrative suspension or a conviction for an OWI, you may be eligible for an occupational license. This is a restricted driver’s license issued by the Department of Motor Vehicles allowing you to drive for work and limited other purposes during a restricted time frame.
In order to get this license, you will need to complete the occupational license application and show proof you have SR22 insurance in place. For more information on eligibility and applying for your occupational license, contact our experienced attorneys.
60 Hours of Drive Time per Week
With an occupational license, you are granted 60 hours of drive time per week, with no more than 12 hours of drive time on any one day. You are able to divide this time up any way you see fit for your own schedule. Each day of the week can have different hours depending on your particular needs.
Assigning Your Occupational Hours
Part of the application includes the assignment of driving time, or your occupational hours. Remember, you only need to give yourself occupational hours for the time you will actually be driving your vehicle, and not time you are gone from your home.
However, it is also important to note there is no grace period. If your occupational hours end at 6:00pm, and you get stuck in traffic and are still driving home at 6:10pm, you can be charged for driving outside of your hours. Therefore, you should give yourself additional time beyond when you think you will need to account for unforeseen circumstances.
Fee for Changing Your Occupational Hours
If the schedule of driving hours you set does not give you enough time, you can change them with the DMV. While there is no limit to how often you can change your hours, you will have to pay a fee every time you want to change the times you are able to drive.
If I don’t schedule all 60 driving hours per week, can I save them up for later?
There is no advantage to not assigning all 60 available hours. You cannot save up hours to allow additional driving hours at a future date. Therefore, it is best to ensure you give yourself plenty of extra time to account for traffic, weather, and other unexpected issues.
Applying for an Occupational License in Wisconsin
Our attorneys have years of experience with situations just like yours. Let us help you determine eligibility and ensure you have everything you need to apply for an occupational license. Make sure you understand your rights as well as your obligations. Schedule a free consultation with our experienced lawyers.