The answer as to whether you can use a Florida Hardship Driver's License to drive to lunch while at work is unfortunately more complicated than just a blanket yes or no. Florida’s law governing the use of business purpose only restricted licenses states that the license can be used for any purpose related to “maintaining livelihood.” See Florida Statute 322.271(1)(c)1. This has been interpreted by the court system to include driving to and from work, on the job driving, church, school, driving to the doctor’s office, and driving to the grocery store. There is at least one Pinellas County court case that states that the business purposes only license can be used to drive to McDonald’s for procuring food. See Allart v. State, 9 Fla. L. Weekly Supp. 499c (6th Jud. Cir. Ct. June 27, 2002). However, that case specifies that driving from home to McDonald's (and not as part of a “larger sojourn”) is allowed.
However, you should keep in mind that the ultimate discretion lies with the officer who stops your vehicle while you are driving with a hardship driver's license. The officer will have to make a call on the street as to whether he believes that hardship license allows driving for the purpose you indicate. Later on, a judge could be asked to make a decision as to the actual meaning of the law as applied to your situation, but anytime you use the temporary permit for a purpose that is not expressly work, church, school, doctor’s office, or the grocery store, you take a risk that law enforcement may arrest you for violating the business purposes only restriction. Anytime you drive on a hardship license, it is important to "fit the bill" so that your purpose for driving is immediately apparent. For more hardship license tips, click here.