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Can I Still Drive if My License Has Been Suspended in Illinois?

Posted on in Driver's License Reinstatement

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While driver’s license suspensions and revocations can help keep Illinois roads safer, they can also often cause hardship for people who rely on the ability to drive for transportation to work, school, and other important activities. Thankfully, a suspension or revocation does not always mean that you cannot drive at all, but it does mean that you will need to take the necessary legal steps to apply for a special driving permit that allows you to legally operate your vehicle.

Types of Permits for Illinois Drivers With Suspended or Revoked Licenses

Illinois offers two main options for drivers whose licenses have been revoked or suspended, each with its own set of restrictions and eligibility requirements. These options are:

  • A Monitoring Device Driving Permit (MDDP): If your license was revoked due to a DUI conviction, you may be able to obtain an MDDP, which allows you to drive under most circumstances after installing a Breath Alcohol Ignition Interlock Device (BAIID) in your vehicle. Before starting your car and at intervals throughout your drive, you will need to use the device to verify that your BAC is below 0.025 percent. You may be eligible for an MDDP if you are over the age of 18, have an otherwise valid driver’s license, have no prior DUI convictions or statutory summary suspensions, and have not caused death or great bodily harm to another person in connection with your DUI arrest.

  • A Restricted Driving Permit (RDP): An RDP allows you to drive only for specific reasons deemed necessary by the court, including traveling to school or work, for childcare or healthcare, or to alcohol or drug education, support, and treatment programs. In order to obtain an RDP, you must demonstrate that the inability to drive causes you hardship and that you do not pose a danger to public safety. If you have two or more DUI convictions or statutory summary suspensions, you will also be required to install a BAIID in your vehicle.

It is important to note that both of these permits typically only allow you to drive your own personal vehicle. If you are required to drive a company vehicle for your job, you may be able to apply for a work exemption that allows you to do so, but under no circumstances can you drive a commercial motor vehicle.

Contact a Crystal Lake Driver’s License Reinstatement Lawyer

At Botto Gilbert Lancaster Illinois Driver’s License Reinstatement Lawyers, we want to help you get back on the road as soon as possible. During your suspension or revocation, we can help you apply for an MDDP or an RDP, and we can also assist you in getting your license fully reinstated when the suspension or revocation period comes to an end. Contact our diligent McHenry County driver’s license reinstatement attorneys today at 779-800-2250 to schedule a free consultation.






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