How to Deal With a B-Card Restriction on Your Minnesota Driver’s License

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In the state of Minnesota, the DPS or Department of Public Safety may opt to cancel your driving privileges if you are found to have three or more DWIs within a period of ten years, or if you have at least four DWIs on your record.

If, however, your driving record has a special review notice, then your driving privileges will be cancelled on your next DWI. The notice from the DPS will state, “canceled and denied as inimical to public safety”.  Of course, this doesn’t necessarily mean you may never get behind the wheel again.

Getting a B-Card

If your driving privileges are cancelled in Minnesota, you may still be entitled to drive with a B-Card restriction, also known as “no use of alcohol” restriction, on your driver’s license. With a B-Card restriction, any use of controlled substances or alcohol will immediately invalidate your license, whether or not you are operating a vehicle.

To obtain a B-Card, the state requires that you complete all rehabilitation requirements, including a last use statement, a chemical dependency evaluation, completing the ignition interlock program, proof of enrollment in a treatment program, and abstinence for at least a one-year period.

All requirements must be met during the cancellation period, which last up to three years for a first-time cancellation. During the cancellation period, however, the state allows for individuals classified as cancelled and denied as inimical to public safety to drive on its ignition interlock program. While you may drive on interlock immediately after being cancelled, you still must complete your rehabilitation requirements.

Getting Rid of a B-Card Restriction

You may apply to have your B-Card restriction removed by completing a form, although you must first complete the state’s ignition interlock program and achieve ten years of sobriety. It is crucial that you apply to have this restriction removed once you become eligible, as numerous drivers are exposed to additional penalties and liabilities after failing to get this restriction removed from their license.

If you have a B-Card restriction and are caught driving while under the influence of drugs or alcohol, then your car may be forfeited and you may be charged with a gross misdemeanor. Your license will also be cancelled once more, probably for a six-year period.