Is My Drivers License Suspended?

Over the many years of representing people charged with DUI we have found that the #1 question most people have is: Is my license suspended, and how can I drive to work?


SC notice of suspension

The FIRST THING we do for our clients, is determine how to get them back on the road.  Usually, first time offenders are eligible for a temporary alcohol restricted license (TARL) and we begin expediting the process of getting a TARL when a potential client calls our firm. 

If you received a Notice of Suspension form like the one, your privilege to drive in South Carolina is currently suspended.  The arresting officer should have physically taken your drivers license.  In order to be eligidble for a TARL you must request an Administrative Hearing.  The filing fee for an administrative hearing is $200.  There is a newer version of the “Notice of Suspension Form” that is a blue/green color.  Not all Jurisdictions have switched over to the newer form, but the text and layout remain the same.


Driver License Suspensions for DUI (Administrative and Criminal)

DUI charges have both administrative and criminal penalties.  This is one of the more confusing aspects of DUI law and is usually explained incorrectly by the arresting officer while a person is trying to decide if they will take the “Breathalyzer” (DMT).

If you refuse to submit to a breath test after you have been arrested for DUI, your privilege to drive in South Carolina will be administratively suspended for six (6) months.  HOWEVER, you may be eligible for a temporary alcohol restricted license (TARL).  Many people confuse a TARL with a “provisional license” or a “route restricted” license; these are in fact three separate types of drivers licenses. 

If you do take the breath test and blow a BAC of .15 or above, your license will be administratively suspended for thirty (30) days.  You may also be eligible for a TARL under this scenario as well.

YOU MUST REQUEST AN ADMINISTRATIVE HEARING WITHIN THIRTY (30) DAYS OF ARREST TO BE ELIGIBLE FOR A TEMPORARY ALCOHOL RESTRICTED LICENSE


If you are convicted of a DUI charge there are separate CRIMINAL suspensions and penalties IN ADDITION to the administrative penalties above.

You can find a more detailed explanation of South Carolina Drivers License Suspensions here.