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SANDRA L. WELLS
ATTORNEY AT LAW

TN Restricted Driver's License | Franklin | Nashville Attorney

Certain Penalties Apply if You Are Convicted for Driving Under the Influence

If you are convicted for Driving Under the Influence in the State of Tennessee, certain penalties involving your driver's license attach. One of those penalties is that you will lose your driver's license for a certain about of time according to what offense you are found guilty of. If you are convicted for Driving Under the Influence, The Law Office of Sandra Wells will be able to walk you through the process of obtaining your restricted license. You need to be aware that even though the judge approves your restricted license application, it is strictly up to the Department of Safety on whether to grant you one.

Person must reinstate everything on their driving record except for the violation for which the restricted license is being requested. If the person has a violation that cannot be reinstated, a restricted license cannot be issued;If the person has a revocation or suspension in another state, a check is done to determine the problem in the other state. If person has a problem other than the violation for which the restricted is being issued, the person is denied the restricted until the problem in the other state is cleared;The SR-22 is not for the State of Tennessee or the company is not licensed in Tennessee.
Tennessee Department of Safety
Denial of Application by the Department of Safety

It's important to know that there are certain events that will prompt denial of your application for a Restricted Driver's License by the Tennessee Department of Safety. When reviewing your application, if any of the following listed below apply to you, your driver's license application will be denied by the Department of Safety:
 
  • The DUI occurred on or after July 1, 2000 and there is a prior conviction of DUI, Child Endangerment -DUI, Allowing an Intoxicated Person to Drive, within 10 years, or Vehicular Homicide, Intoxication Proximate Cause, Aggravated Vehicular Homicide, Vehicular Assault, or Adult Driving While Impaired on the driver's record
  • The order is issued for a suspension/revocation for which they do not have the authority to issue a restricted license;
  • The requested route is not for a location designated by law (alcohol program, school, work, or interlock appointment);
  • The order does not have the violation, date of violation, conviction date, and disposition;
  • The order is not signed by the judge or if Driver Improvement Section approval not been granted;
  • A check of the driver records shows person has other revocation, suspension or cancellation.  
LINK   TENNESSEE RESTRICTED DRIVER'S LICENCE INFO
Tennessee Restricted Driver's License
18 - 20 Year Old Alcohol Violation - 1st Offense 
18-20 Year Old Alcohol Violation - 2nd Offense
Drug Free Youth Act 1st Offense
Drug Free Youth Act 2nd Offense
DUI 1st Offense, Child Endangerment by DUI, and Allowing an Intoxicated Person to Drive
DUI 2nd Offense
Failure to Establish Financial Responsibility Following an Accident or Final Judgment on a Crash
Frequent Traffic Violation Suspension
Implied Consent, Drag Racing or Driving Away from Pump without Paying for Fuel
Failure to Satisfy a Citation

 
Common Reasons for Denial of a Restricted Driver's License Application

When an application is received by Financial Responsibility, the application and driving record are reviewed. The restricted driver license will be denied for the following reasons:
  • The DUI occurred on or after July 1, 2000 and there is a prior conviction of DUI, Child Endangerment -DUI, Allowing an Intoxicated Person to Drive, within 10 years, or Vehicular Homicide, Intoxication Proximate Cause, Aggravated Vehicular Homicide, Vehicular Assault, or Adult Driving While Impaired on the driver's record.
  • The order is issued for a suspension/revocation for which we do not have the authority to issue a restricted license.
  • The requested route is not for a location designated by law (alcohol program, school, work, or interlock appointment).
  • The order does not have the violation, date of violation, conviction date, and disposition.
  • The order is not signed by the judge or if Driver Improvement Section approval not been granted.
  • A check of the driver records shows person has other revocation/suspension/cancellation. Person must reinstate everything on driver record except for the violation for which the restricted license is being requested. If person has a violation that cannot be reinstated, a restricted license cannot be issued.
  • If the person has a revocation/suspension in another state, a check is done to determine the problem in the other state. If person has a problem other than the violation for which the restricted is being issued, the person is denied the restricted until the problem in the other state is cleared.
  • The SR-22 is not for the State of Tennessee or the company is not licensed in Tennessee. 
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