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The Elusive Bread and Butter License

I wish I had a nickel for every time I was asked about the existence of a "bread and butter" license. For uninitiated, a "bread and butter" license is a limited driver's license. It allows the holder to drive to and from work or school but only to those places. As a criminal defense attorney in Montgomery and Bucks Counties, many of my clients come to me seeking representation for charges which carry driver's license suspensions. Every one of my DUI clients, and every client facing the suspension of their driving privileges, always wants to know whether they can get the elusive "bread and butter" license.

Despite the popularity of the term "bread and butter" license, there is no such thing in Pennsylvania. There is, however, something known as the Occupational Limited License (or OLL). An OLL is a limited driver's license issued to a driver whose Pennsylvania driving privilege has been suspended. An OLL authorizes driving a designated motor vehicle, under certain conditions, only when it is necessary for the driver's occupation, work, trade, medical treatment or study.

The OLL is only for suspensions. If your driving privilege has been revoked, disqualified, cancelled or recalled, you are not eligible for an OLL. If you have never been licensed by Pennsylvania or any other state, you are also ineligible to apply.

If your license has been suspended for driving at a time when your license was already suspended (not due to a DUI), you may qualify for an OLL. If your driving record shows thatyour suspension occurred only as a result of a prior indefinite suspension due to an unpaid citation or non-payment of a judgement, failure to attend a Departmental hearing or failure to undergo a Special Point Examination, you may be eligible. However, you may not apply for the OLL until three (3) months have been served for the suspension for driving while under suspension.

If your license is suspended for a DUI, you may be able to get an OLL. A DUI conviction qualifies only if the violation is your first offense. However, you may not apply for the OLL until you have served the first 60 days of the suspension for DUI. Thus, if you are entering the Accelerated Rehabilitative Disposition (ARD) program, your suspension will not be long enough for you to get an OLL.

You may qualify for an OLL if your license is suspended for an underage alcohol offense, but only when it is your first offense.

If your suspension is for refusal to submit to chemical testing, you may qualify for an OLL, but only if you have no more than one prior offense, have served 12 months of an 18 month suspension and have satisfied all restoration requirements, and have ignition interlock installed on your vehicle.

In order to apply, you must complete an Occupational Limited License Petition (form DL-15). Then send the form, along with a check or money order, proof of insurance (copies only) and Restoration Fee by mail to the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation. There is an application fee of $50, and it is non-refundable.


If you are facing DUI charges, drug possession charges, or other charges involving your driving privileges in Northern Montgomery County, Eastern Montgomery County, Upper Bucks County, Lower Bucks County, to include Lansdale, North Wales, Chalfont, Souderton, New Britain, Montgomeryville, Blue Bell, Warminster, Doylestown, Perkasie, Sellersville, Quakertown, Skippack, Hatfield, Franconia, Towamencin and Ambler, give me a call at (215) 822-7575 to discuss your defense and whether you qualify for an OLL. If you have any questions, you can also email me at [email protected]  For more information on DUI, visit our website articles page at /Articles/

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