When you are arrested for a DUI in Louisiana your license can be suspended in two different ways:
Administrative Per Se Suspension: The Louisiana DMV takes action on your license only. This happens if you fail a breath test, or refuse to take one. Your license is confiscated immediately upon arrest and you are given a 30-day temporary driving permit. If you wish to challenge your suspension, you must do so within 15 days. If you do not, or if your challenge is unsuccessful, your license will be suspended for 6 months. There can be other administrative penalties for DUI, apart from ones levied by the courts.
Judicial Action: This occurs when you are sentenced by a court after a trial or plea agreement. Administrative and judicial cases are separate, and must be dealt with separately. It is possible that you are not convicted of DUI in court, but will still face the administrative suspension. Penalties are higher if your blood alcohol concentration (BAC) is 2.0 or higher upon arrest. An ignition interlock is required for a first offense if your BAC was 2.0 or higher. Ignition interlock devices are required for all second and subsequent offenses. When your license is suspended, if you need to drive for work purposes, you can apply for a hardship license. Having an ignition interlock device installed is a condition of obtaining the license after a DUI conviction.
An interlock license can help you reduce or avoid suspension and keep you driving when and where you need to. Find out how below.
Requirements for hardship licenses vary, so call the Office of Motor vehicles at (225) 925-6146 to determine if you are eligible for a hardship license.
Call LifeSafer Ignition Interlock at 800-634-3077 to schedule your ignition interlock installation. Ask about discounts and special offers.
You may need various documents to apply for your hardship license, including SR-22 proof of insurance, your completed LifeSafer interlock lease agreement, a recommendation from support services and a court order.
Take your required documents to a Motor Vehicle Field office to obtain your hardship license.