For many, the thought of a license supension in California can be terrifying. The DMV is completely heartless and unsympathetic to your plight as it relates to your job, your family, keeping your home, etc. There are immediate steps you can take to keep a provisional license after an unfavorable DMV APS hearing.
The law does allow for a restricted license if you meet the following conditions: 1. You are a first offender and have no past suspensions for any DUI related administrative sanctions, 2. You must have taken a test and not refused. 3. You must be over 21 and not on any form of DUI probation from any Court. As long as you comply with the restriction conditions you can keep your license after a short 30 day period.
In addition to the foregoing, you must also get an SR-22 proof of insurance, get enrolled in the AB541 first offender alcohol program and pay all applicable re-issue fees, usually $120.