If you have lost your Massachusetts driver’s license recently, there is a good chance that things in your life are not currently going according to plan. Whatever the circumstances, you probably didn’t plan on losing your license, and you certainly didn’t anticipate just how much losing your license would impact your day-to-day life in a negative way. However, if you can manage to work through the process to obtain a MA hardship license, you will be taking a big step toward getting your life back on track.
A Positive Change
Sometimes, when things seem to be going against you, it’s important to find anything you can see as a sign that life is turning around. To be sure, life can feel pretty negative when you are stuck in your home and you can’t drive because you’ve lost your license. You may be able to get a ride from a friend or public transit on some occasions, but those options won’t always be available when you need them. Without the ability to drive yourself, it’s easy to think that you don’t have many options to move your life forward.
Acquiring a MA hardship license just might be the positive step you need to build some momentum for the future. While holding a MA hardship license is not the same as having a full license with no restrictions, it certainly is better than nothing. The hardship license will at least permit you to drive at certain times of the day, meaning you can get out on your own and take care of any obligations you may have, such as school or work. If holding an MA hardship license causes you to feel better about your situation as a whole, you might find that you are suddenly more willing or able to take on other challenges.
An MA Hardship License Is Not Automatic
One of the reasons that you can take pride in holding a MA hardship license is the fact that receiving such a license is far from automatic. You are not guaranteed to get one just because you apply – you need to go through the steps appropriately, present the right documentation, and have your application approved by a Registry of Motor Vehicles Hearing Officer. You may also be denied of a MA hardship license if not done correctly.
Since there is some work involved, getting through the process successfully can feel like a victory. You may be at a point in your life where coming out ahead on something will feel quite satisfying – and that feeling can be addictive. Once you’ve seen it through and come away with your hardship license, the next challenge you face in life might not seem so intimidating.
Removing a Barrier
So far, we’ve talked mostly about the emotional lift you can gain from getting approved for an MA hardship license. That is certainly important, but there are plenty of practical benefits to be considered, as well. For instance, if you are currently looking for work and you manage to land a job interview, your hardship license may allow you to drive legally to that interview without having to arrange a ride to find a way to take public transport. With any luck, you’ll get that job and need to drive back and forth from your new place of work most days of the week. Suddenly, something that may not have been possible without a driver’s license will become a reality and your life will have improved dramatically.
It is these practical benefits which will likely drive you forward as you work through the hardship license process. Think about how difficult it is to keep up with life when you can’t drive and think about what it will be like to get your license back – at least on a partial basis. The practical way your life can improve thanks to an MA hardship license should be all the motivation you need to work at this process.
Work Toward Full Driving Privileges
Obviously, your goal is not to rely on a MA hardship license for the rest of your life. You would prefer to have a full driver’s license, so will not be restricted to driving for only 12 hours each day. With the H restriction removed, you will be able to legally drive whenever you want. For some people, depending on circumstances, working toward a full license with no restrictions can start with obtaining a MA hardship license. Of course, your ability to regain a full license will depend on a number of factors, so it is important to understand the specifics of your case as you figure out what is possible down the line.
We hope this article has provided a bit of motivation for you to work on obtaining your MA hardship license. While you would probably rather avoid this process altogether, it is best to take a positive attitude and look at all the ways in which a hardship license could help you moving forward. Contact one of our lawyers today to get help with getting a MA hardship license for yourself.