Part I: Timing and Eligibility Issues
The first thing that we need to do is determine if you're even eligible to request a temporary driving permit. The two important issues are the date of offense and the checkboxes at the bottom.
Check your DUI citation for the section marked “Eligible for Permit?”. It's about 2/3rds of the day down the citation, and should look like this:
BAD NEWS - You may not be eligible to request a permit
They're saying that you're not eligible to request a permit, but you may still be eligible to ask for one.
Just because the officer marked “No” doesn't mean you won't be able to get a work permit. The officer probably marked “No” because your license was suspended or you don't have a valid driver's license.
However, that's not the end of the story. You have 10 days from the night of your arrest to request your work permit, so if you can correct the problems suspending your license in that window of time, you'll be able to get a work permit. But if you don't fix the problems in that timeframe, your license WILL be suspended and you won't be able to get an initial work permit.
Even though you may not be eligible to get a temporary driving permit, you should still request a formal review hearing with the Bureau of Administrative Review, because that is your only chance to get the DUI license suspension off of your record and begin clearing the way for you to reinstate your license in the future.
Since the police used an alternative DUI citation form, it probably means that your license hasn't been suspended. Usually the reason why that happens is because they asked you to take a breath test, and your breath alcohol results were below .08.
However, if the police asked you to submit to a urine test or a blood test, there's something important that you need to do ASAP: Make sure that the address on your drivers license is up to date, because if they asked you to take a drug test and those results come back positive for drugs, the DMV may try to suspend your license. If they do, they'll mail a letter to the address they have on file, and let you know that you have 10 days to fight the suspension. If you miss the letter, you will miss your chance to fight the license suspension.
BAD NEWS - You probably aren't eligible for a driving permit
The Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicle is VERY strict when it comes to issuing work permits after a DUI arrest. They require drivers to request a formal review hearing within 10 days after the arrest. Since you missed that 10 day window, they will probably refuse to issue you a work permit.
However, you may still be able to get a permit or request a formal review hearing, depending on a couple of factors.
Holiday/weekend exception. If your 10th day fell on a weekend or an official government holiday, then you can still go into the Bureau of Administrative Review office the next business day and request a permit.
Hearing without permit exception. If you missed the 10 day window, but it's only been a couple of days since the deadline, you may still be able to get a formal review hearing (even though they may not issue you a driving permit.) This is your only chance to get the license suspension overturned, so it's CRITICAL that you have a qualified DUI defense attorney help you contact the Bureau of Administrative Review to see if there's any chance that they'll still let you request a DMV Formal Review Hearing and give you a chance to get your license suspension overturned.
Good News So Far!
GOOD NEWS - No issues so far!
According to the preliminary information you completed, it looks like you're going to be eligible to obtain your temporary driving permit (but make sure you request the permit within 10 days of your arrest, otherwise you will miss your opportunity to continue driving!)
In the next sections, you'll discover what length of license suspension you may be facing and whether there are any special issues in your case that can help (or hurt) your chances of being able to drive.
WARNING - Time is running out!
According to the preliminary information you completed, it looks like you're going to be eligible to obtain your temporary driving permit, but you need to be careful, because it looks like you're running out of time. It looks like today is your 10th day, and if you don't request your temporary driving permit within the 10 day window, the DMV will NOT issue you a work permit! You need to make sure you go TODAY to request your permit.
WARNING - Time is running out!
According to the preliminary information you completed, it looks like you're going to be eligible to obtain your temporary driving permit, but you need to be careful, because it looks like you're running out of time. If you don't request your temporary driving permit within the 10-day window, the DMV will NOT issue you a work permit!