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How Do I Get My Illinois Driver’s License Back After a DUI Conviction?

Posted on in Driver's License Reinstatement

McHenry County driver's license reinstatement attorney

In Illinois, a conviction for driving under the influence (DUI) of alcohol or other drugs usually results in the revocation of the person’s driver’s license for at least one year, with longer minimum revocation periods often assessed for repeat offenses. Getting your license reinstated after a DUI conviction can be challenging, but it is often possible, and you may have options that allow you to drive under some conditions in the meantime.

Limited Driving Permits for Drivers Convicted of DUI

While your license is revoked, you may be able to legally drive under some circumstances if you qualify for a limited driving permit. Illinois offers two types of such permits, each with its own qualification criteria and specific restrictions. The Monitoring Device Driving Permit (MDDP) is the less restrictive of the two, allowing a person to drive at all times and for any legal purpose after installing a blood alcohol ignition interlock device (BAIID) in his or her vehicle to prevent further drunk driving incidents. However, this option is only available to first-time DUI offenders who have not been responsible for injury or death.

If you have previously been issued a suspension or revocation related to a DUI, or if your DUI resulted in injury, you may be eligible for a Restricted Driving Permit. This option also requires the installation of a BAIID, and it is only available if you can show that your inability to drive will cause you hardship, such as by preventing you from going to work. With an RDP, you can only drive for certain purposes.

How Can My License Be Fully Reinstated? 

After your minimum revocation period has passed, you have the opportunity to have your license reinstated with full driving privileges. In order for this to happen, there are several things you will need to do, including:

  • Demonstrate that your driving record throughout the revocation is clear

  • Complete an alcohol education program and evaluation, and possibly a treatment program if it is ordered by the court

  • Show that your renewed driving privileges will not pose a danger to public safety

  • Pass a driver’s license examination

  • Pay a reinstatement fee of $500 to the Illinois Secretary of State

  • Attend an informal or formal hearing where an officer will review your case

Contact a Cook County License Reinstatement Lawyer

If you have lost your license due to a DUI conviction, the knowledgeable Barrington driver’s license reinstatement attorneys at Botto Gilbert Lancaster, PC will help you understand and pursue your options for a driving permit during your revocation, and help you prepare for your reinstatement hearing. To learn more, call us today at 779-800-2250 to schedule a free consultation.







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