At the formal review hearing, a hearing officer at the DMV will decide if the police have provided them with enough information to suspend your license. If they decide in your favor then your suspension will be taken off of your record and there will be no more hardship driving. However, if the hearing officer does not find in your favor, then you will begin a “hard suspension” effective when the temporary driving permit expires. The “hard suspension” is either for a 30-day, 90-day or 18-month period of time i.e., this is the time where DMV will not allow one to drive under any circumstance.
After your DMV Hearing, your license suspension will either be invalidated or it will be sustained, depending on the facts and circumstances of your DMV Hearing. If your license suspension is invalidated, then you will be eligible to have your license reissued upon receiving the hearing officers ruling. If your license was suspended because you blew over a .08 and the suspension is sustained, then you will have 30 days of no driving, after which you may apply for a hardship permit. If your license was suspended because you refused to take a Breathalyzer, and the license suspension is sustained, then you will have 90 days of no driving, after which you may apply for a hardship permit.