Minnesota Department of Public Safety (DPS) may cancel your driving privileges if you have at least three DWIs in a ten-year period or at least four DWIs on record. If you have a special review notice on your driving record, then you will be canceled on your next DWI. The term “canceled and denied as inimical to public safety” is what will appear on the notice you receive from DPS. If this happens to you, it does not mean, however, that you may never drive again in Minnesota.
How to Get a B-Card
If Minnesota cancels your driving privileges, you may be eligible to drive with a no use of alcohol (B-Card) restriction on your driver’s license. Once obtained, it means that any use of alcohol or controlled substances, whether you are driving or not, will invalidate your license. To get a B-Card, Minnesota requires that you complete its rehabilitation requirements, which include a chemical dependency evaluation, proof of enrollment in a treatment program, a last use statement, abstinence for at least one year, and completing the ignition interlock program.
The requirements must all be satisfied during the cancellation period, which lasts for three years for a first time cancellation. Minnesota does, however, allow for those canceled and denied inimical to public safety to drive on its ignition interlock program during their cancellation period. You may drive immediately on interlock after being canceled, but you must still fulfill the rehabilitation requirements discussed above.
How to Get Rid of a B-Card Restriction
After ten years of sobriety and completing Minnesota’s ignition interlock program, and not possessing or using controlled substances, you may apply to remove the B-Card restriction by completing this form. It is incredibly important to remove the restriction once eligible. Believe it or not, some drivers do not get the restriction removed from their driver’s licenses. This exposes them to additional liability and penalties. If you are found driving while under the influence of alcohol or drugs on a B-Card, law enforcement can forfeit your vehicle and charge you with a gross misdemeanor. Additionally, your license will be canceled again, likely for six years.
Robert Ambrose is an Associate Attorney for the Kans Law Firm. If you have been charged with violating a no use of alcohol restriction, please contact us for a free consultation.