How much does a hardship license cost?

My license was suspended a while ago and it will be a couple more years before it comes up for reinstatement. I used to carpool into work with a friend but I no longer have a ride since she started on a different shift. I am thinking of applying for a hardship license but I am not sure that I can afford it. How much do they usually cost?

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“The cost of a hardship license can vary depending on your state.
On average, it costs about $95, but in some states the cost can be as much as $500. And it isn’t just the cost of the hardship license that you have to think about; there are also other factors.
Your state may require a mandatory drug and alcohol program. If having a breathalyzer and camera installed in your vehicle is part of the deal, you will have to pay for that as well. These could cost around $2,000.
You’ll also face a steep hike in your car insurance rates. The bad news is that a suspended license or hardship license will always have higher rates, but that doesn’t mean your new rates have to break the bank. Try using the Jerry app to help you compare rates from the nation’s top providers so you can find the best deal in minutes.
Don’t let these challenges deter you from finding out the specifics in your state and speaking with your lawyer about your options. Courts know that having a suspended driving license makes life harder; it is supposed to. But the goal isn’t to cause drivers to lose their jobs.”
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Shannon Martin
Answered on Aug 25, 2021
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