What is a Bread and Butter License?
An Occupational Limited License (OLL), also commonly referred to as a Bread and Butter license, is a driver’s license issued to a driver whose Pennsylvania driving privilege has been, or will be, suspended. The McKenzie Law Firm, P.C. is skilled in handling such matters and can assist you in the preparation of your petition for such a license.
Am I eligible for an OLL?
Contact the McKenzie Law Firm, P.C. to determine whether you are eligible for such a license.
An OLL authorizes driving a designated motor vehicle, under certain conditions, when it is necessary for the driver’s occupation, work, trade, medical treatment or study. Based on your driving record and violations, the PA Department of Transportation will evaluate whether or not you are eligible for an OLL. But first, you must apply by completing Occupational Limited License Petition. To have continuous driving privileges, you must send your completed OLL Petition, check or money order, and Proof of Insurance(s) by certified mail to the PA Department of Transportation at least 20 days before your suspension begins. Within 20 days of receiving your Petition, the Department will inform you in writing whether or not you qualify for an OLL.
Before an OLL can be issued, your current license must be surrendered to the Department. If your Petition is received and approved, but the OLL has not been issued before your suspension begins, the Department will delay the start of your suspension for 15 days. They will issue an approval letter and a temporary license that is valid until the new suspension start date. Credit toward your suspension will begin upon the new effective date or later. During this 15 day delay, you need to send your current driver’s license, by certified mail, to the address shown on the bottom of the Petition. If you are already under suspension and do not have a valid license, complete and send your Petition with a check or money order made payable to PA Department of Transportation, and Proof of Insurance(s) by certified mail to the address shown at the bottom of the Petition. Within 20 days of receiving your Petition, the Department will inform you in writing whether or not you are eligible for an OLL.
If you are currently, or about to be suspended for any of these violations, you are NOT eligible for an OLL:
3345 – Passing a school bus
3367 – Racing on highways
3732 – Homicide by Vehicle
3733 – Fleeing a Police Officer
3734 – Driving without lights
3735 – Homicide by Vehicle/DUI
3736 – Reckless Driving
3742 – Accidents involving death or injury
3743 – Leaving scene of an accident
3802 – Driving under the influence (possible exceptions)
1533 or 6146 – Failure to respond to a citation
1543 – Driving while suspended (possible exceptions)
1547 – Refusal to submit to chemical testing (possible exceptions)
1786 – Failure to maintain financial responsibility ARD ordered suspension for DUI.
Any Serious Traffic Offense Any Violations Relating to Accidents and Accident Reports. Underage Alcohol Violations (possible exceptions). Controlled Substance, Drug, Device and Cosmetic Act. (possible exceptions)
A DUI conviction – only if the violation is your first offense and you have been given a one year suspension. However, the OLL cannot be issued until 60 days have been served for the suspension of the DUI.
An 18 months DUI Suspension – only if you have no more than one prior DUI offense within the past ten years, have served 12 months of the 18 month suspension, have satisfied all restoration requirements, and have the ignition interlock installed on your vehicle.
A refusal to submit to a chemical test – only if it results in an 18 month suspension, have no more than one prior DUI offense within the past 10 years, have served 12 months of the 18 month suspension, have satisfied all restoration requirements, and have the ignition interlock installed on your vehicle.
Underage alcohol violation – only if the violation is your first offense.
A person who has been suspended as a result of a conviction of The Controlled Substance, Drug, Device and Cosmetic Act or for any offense involving the possession, sale, delivery, offering for sale, holding for sale or giving away of any controlled substance if the record of conviction, adjudication of delinquency or a granting of a consent decree was sent to the Department between the time period of January 1, 2004 and October 27, 2014 but not within the 10 days required by law.
Driving while under suspension violation if your driving record shows that this suspension occurred only as a result of a prior indefinite suspension due to an unpaid citation or non-payment of a judgement, failure to attend a Departmental hearing, or failure to undergo a Special Point Examination. However, the OLL cannot be issued until three (3) months have been served for the suspension for driving while under suspension.
NOTE: You may be issued only one (1) OLL every five (5) years. You may not apply for any permit, after the OLL has been issued.