How an occupational license can get you to work with OWI charges

On Behalf of | Feb 19, 2024 | Owi

Charges for operating while intoxicated in Wisconsin can significantly disrupt your life. For example, they can affect your ability to commute to work.

However, an occupational license can provide a legal means to continue working while dealing with OWI charges.

What is an occupational license?

In Wisconsin, OWI charges can lead to drivers’ license suspension. This suspension can severely impede a person’s ability to travel to work or fulfill other responsibilities that require driving.

An occupational license, also known as a hardship or work permit, is a special type of license. It allows individuals to drive for specific purposes, such as commuting to and from work, school or medical appointments, during the period of license suspension.

With this license, individuals can continue to commute to work legally. They can maintain their employment and support themselves and their families financially.

Eligibility for an occupational license

To qualify for an occupational license in Wisconsin, individuals must demonstrate a legitimate need for driving, such as employment requirements. They must also fulfill any requirements set by the Wisconsin Department of Transportation and comply with the state’s OWI laws.

Steps to obtain an occupational license

To obtain an occupational license in Wisconsin, individuals typically need to submit an application to WisDOT, along with any required documents and fees. Additionally, they may need to install an ignition interlock device in their vehicle, depending on the circumstances of their OWI charge.


An occupational license does not dismiss or lessen the consequences of OWI charges. Individuals must still adhere to all requirements and restrictions imposed by the court and WisDOT. This often includes attending mandatory alcohol education programs.

By understanding the process, individuals can navigate this challenging situation while minimizing its impact on their employment and livelihood.

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