The “B-Card” is a restricted driver’s license issued by the Department of Public Safety (DPS) to persons with at least three prior qualified incidents within ten years or with four prior qualified incidents in their lifetime. An individual receiving a B-Card must agree, in writing, to permanently abstain from drugs and alcohol as well as successfully complete chemical dependency and rehabilitation treatment.
B-Card Violation Consequences
A B-Card violation will result in the DPS revoking the person’s license. This is significant because before a person can re-acquire a valid B-Card he/she must, among other things, again successfully complete chemical dependency treatment and rehabilitation. The DPS also requires documented proof of drug and alcohol abstinence for minimum period of:
- One year for a person’s first rehabilitation;
- Three years for a person’s second rehabilitation;
- Six years for a person’s third or subsequent rehabilitation
In addition to administrative sanctions, the law provides for gross misdemeanor criminal penalties for a person convicted of a B-Card violation.
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For more information see the Minnesota B-Card Violation Statute 171.09.
For a review of criminal penalties and driver license sanctions see the Minnesota Department of Public Safety.