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Special Hardship License

Special Hardship License

Has your licence been suspended but you need to keep driving? You may be eligible to apply for a special hardship order which allows you to keep driving for specific purposes. It is important to note that you have 21 days after your licence has been suspended to make this application, so it is important to act quickly. We can help with a swift and accurate application to ensure that you are able to maintain your ability to drive.

A special hardship licence has certain conditions attached to it which means that you can continue to drive but only under restricted and specific conditions. The criteria for applying for a special hardship requires you to demonstrate that the loss of your licence would cause extreme hardship to you or your family. Either by depriving you of a means of earning a living, or your family would experience some form of serve or unusual hardship by the fact of you not having a licence.

There are also certain eligibility criteria which you have to meet to be able to make a special hardship order. This material is put before the Court in Affidavits and failure to complete these Affidavits correctly will mean that your work licence application will not be successful

There are certain eligibility criteria which must be met in order to apply for a special hardship licence, and at Hounsell Cunningham we can help you to seek and apply for this licence in court.

We are here to help you go through the entire process from start to finish. We will appear at all court appearances with you and complete the Affidavits for you to ensure that all relevant material is put before the Court in the correct way.

Lost your licence? Contact Hounsell Cunningham today to ensure the best possible outcome for your special hardship order application. You can call us on (07) 3180 0104 or find us online.

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Are you eligible for a special hardship licence?

If you have lost your licence, you may be eligible for a special hardship licence if you meet particular criteria. You must hold a Queensland provisional or open licence, and your suspension must be because you either:

  • Committed a high-speed driving offence (which is more than 40km/h over the speed limit)
  • Gained two or more demerit points while driving under a period of good driving behaviour for one year

Restricted Licences

If you have lost your licence, you may be eligible for a special hardship licence if you meet particular criteria. You must hold a Queensland provisional or open licence, and your suspension must be because you either:

  • Committed a high-speed driving offence (which is more than 40km/h over the speed limit)
  • Gained two or more demerit points while driving under a period of good driving behaviour for one year

We can help you work out what kind of offence you have been charged with and whether you are eligible to apply for a special hardship order. We will assist you with your special hardship licence application by completing all relevant forms and Affidavits.

You are not eligible for a special hardship licence if, within the five years before your licence was suspended, you:

  • Had your Queensland licence suspended or cancelled
  • Were disqualified from holding or having a Queensland driver licence
  • Were ineligible to apply for a Queensland driver licence because you incurred excessive points or were convicted of driving more than 40km/h over the speed limit

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Applying for a special hardship order

In order to apply for a special hardship order, you need to complete an application and to seek the licence from the Magistrates Court. We can assist you in making this application and will advise you for your best possible chance of success. To make your special hardship order application, you need to:

  1. Complete your special hardship application form which you can get from a Magistrates Court or a transport and motoring centre
  2. Lodge your application and evidence to support your application within 21 days of your suspension
  3. Present your accepted and stamped application and affidavit to the Department of Transport and Main Roads 7 days prior to the court hearing date.

A Hounsell Cunningham we will complete all of the above mentioned steps on your behalf.

Any suspension on your licence will be lifted until the day you have your court hearing. It is important that you DO NOT DRIVE until you have given a copy of your application to the Department of Main Roads and Transport.

How Hounsell Cunningham will help you

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We can assist you with your special hardship order application and complete all relevant documentation on your behalf. This will include ensuring that your affidavit and information is all completed correctly first time around so there are no delays. We will appear with you during your court appearance to speak on your behalf and will be there to support you the whole way through. Don’t risk not getting a special hardship licence because of an application that wasn’t completed correctly or on time.

Call Hounsell Cunningham today for peace of mind in your special hardship licence application. You can call us on (07) 3180 0104 or find us online.

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