Florida Third DUI Offense

Penalties for a Third DUI in Florida

If you've been arrested for a third DUI, then you are looking at felony penalties for your offense:

  • a year in jail
  • fines up to $5,000
  • license suspension for 10 years
  • installation of an ignition interlock device for 2 years

A Third DUI And Your License

A 3rd DUI conviction in more than 10 years will result in a 180-day to 1-year revocation, unless the last 2 of the convictions fall within 5 years in which case a five-year revocation will apply. You are not eligible for a hardship license, but must wait out the revocation period. A 3rd DUI within a 10-year period will result in a 10-year revocation.

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How to Reinstate Your License After a Third DUI

According to the FHSMV, you must serve 2 years of this revocation period before being eligible to apply for a hardship license in the Administrative Reviews Office (see listing "Under Suspension - Need Driver License for Work") where you live. You must complete DUI School, and treatment, if referred, and have a favorable recommendation from the Special Supervision Services Program to be eligible for a hardship license. If given approval to reinstate early for hardship, you must present this approval to the driver license office. You must remain in the Special Supervision Services Program for the duration of the revocation period to retain your hardship license.

If you wait to reinstate until after your revocation period ends, proof of enrollment or completion of DUI School, and treatment, if referred, is required. Failure to complete the course within 90 days after reinstatement will result in cancellation of your driver license by the department until the course is completed. Failure to complete treatment may result in cancellation of your driver license.

At the time of reinstatement, whether for a hardship license or a full license, you must take the required examination, and pay $115 administrative fee and $60 reinstatement fee and any license fee required. Proof of liability insurance on the arrest date will be required or proof of liability coverage and a $15 reinstatement fee will be required.

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