Checkbox icon Sobriety Program Permit

Effective 07/01/2022.

DUI laws allow offenders to waive their right to an Administrative License Revocation (ALR) hearing and petition the court to allow the Sobriety Program Permit (SPP).


To be eligible for the SPP

  • There must be an Administrative License Revocation.
  • You must have a certified court order allowing the Sobriety Program Permit.
  • You must be a Nebraska resident.
  • You must be at least 18 years old and have been issued a license. Provisional Operator's Permit holders are not eligible for the SPP.
  • The alcohol violation must have occurred in Nebraska.
  • Meet all other applicable reinstatement requirements for any non-alcohol suspension or revocation actions on your Nebraska driving record. 
  • Must serve any required wait periods.
  • Cannot have driving privileges removed in any other state/jurisdiction.

If you meet the above requirements, or you need to check your eligibility for the SPP, call the Department of Motor Vehicles at 402-471-3985.


Requirements needed for authorization of the SPP

You must submit the following requirements to the Department of Motor Vehicles, 301 Centennial Mall South, P.O. Box 94877, Lincoln, NE 68509-4877 or fax to (402) 471-8288.

  • A certified copy of a court order from a Nebraska court ordering the Sobriety Program Permit.  The certified copy from the court has a notation that states it is a true and exact copy, has the court clerk’s signature and the court seal (which is not the seal next to the Judge’s signature).  Some courts may have a small fee for certification. 
  • Surrender your Nebraska operator's license/permit to the DOWNTOWN LINCOLN DMV OFFICE ONLY at 301 Centennial Mall South, Lincoln, NE or sign an affidavit of lost license if you no longer have possession of the license which can be faxed to the number above. This does not apply if the license has expired.
  • Meet all other applicable reinstatement requirements for any other suspension or revocation actions on your driving record. 
  • Upon receipt of the above-mentioned requirements, the Department will send you the Sobriety Program Permit Authorization letter.  Once authorized, you are required to have the SPP issued in one of the ways listed below

Options for issuance of the SPP after authorization:


Go to the Official Nebraska DMV Ignition Interlock Permit or Sobriety Program Permit Application and follow the instructions for Sobriety Program Permit.

Note: If you order your permit online, print the temporary document OR wait for your permit to come in the mail BEFORE you operate your vehicle.


In Person

Present this letter to a Driver License Examiner for the issuance of the Sobriety Program Permit:

  • Be prepared to furnish the examiner with proof of U.S. Citizenship (containing Name and Date of Birth and identity) and two (2) documents for principal address verification
  • Complete the required data form and present to the Driver License Examiner
  • Upon completion of the Examiner’s requirements, you will be provided an Issuance Certificate that you must present to the County Treasurer

You will pay the appropriate fees to the County Treasurer who will issue the temporary document to you

Miscellaneous information concerning the SPP

  • You cannot legally drive until the permit has been issued to you.
  • At final sentencing, when the court orders a revocation period IF the Sobriety Program Permit has not expired, the permit will be revoked.  IF the court allowed interlock, you may be eligible to apply for the Ignition Interlock Permit.
  • The Sobriety Program Permit is valid in the State of Nebraska.  If you travel in another state, you will need to contact law enforcement in the state to determine is they will honor the Nebraska Sobriety Program Permit.  Your Nebraska driving privileges remain in a revoked status until you are eligible and have met the reinstatement requirements. 
  • If the court revokes your driving privileges and you have any vehicles registered in your name only, you will need to have your insurance company file proof of financial responsibility, which is to remain on file at the Nebraska DMV for three (3) years from the date of eligibility for reinstatement – regardless of your state of residence. This is normally provided in the form of a SR-22 Certificate of Insurance.

Sobriety Program Permit Fees

Type of Document Fee Security Surcharge Total
Original $45.00 $5.00 $50.00
Replacement $11.00 $5.00 $16.00
Change of class, endorsement or restriction $5.00 $5.00 $10.00