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How Does the Illinois Driver’s License Point System Work?

Posted on in Driver's License Reinstatement

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In Illinois, convictions for serious criminal traffic offenses like driving under the influence (DUI) of alcohol or other substances often result in the immediate suspension or revocation of the driver’s license, but this is not the only way to lose your license. You can also have your driving privileges suspended or revoked after accumulating multiple minor traffic violations that result in points on your license. It can be difficult to keep track of how Illinois’s driver’s license point system actually works, but a better understanding may help you avoid having your license suspended in the future.

When Are Points Assigned to an Illinois Driver’s License?

In Illinois, convictions for a wide range of traffic violations result in a certain number of points assigned to the driver’s license based on the severity of the offense. The number of points assigned ranges from 5, for minor offenses including driving less than 10 mph over the speed limit and driving without working turn signal lights, to 55, for serious offenses like reckless driving and aggravated speeding in a school or construction zone.

For drivers over the age of 21, three or more convictions within 12 months can result in a suspension or revocation. Drivers under the age of 21, on the other hand, may face suspension or revocation for two or more convictions within 24 months. The length of the suspension or revocation may range from one month up to one year or more depending on the number of points accumulated and whether the driver has any prior suspensions on his or her record.

Avoiding a Driver’s License Suspension for Traffic Violations

Based on how the points system works, you should be especially cautious if you already have at least one conviction for a traffic violation within the past one to two years. If you are facing a second or third conviction within a short period of time, an attorney may be able to help you have the charges dismissed, perhaps by negotiating an agreement in which you complete a traffic safety course.

If your license is suspended or revoked, an attorney can also help you obtain a Restricted Driving Permit that allows you to drive for certain circumstances during your suspension, as well as follow the appropriate steps to have your license reinstated at the end of the suspension or revocation period.

Contact a Rockford Driver’s License Reinstatement Attorney

At Botto Gilbert Lancaster, PC - Illinois Driver’s License Reinstatement Lawyers, we are committed to helping our clients avoid undue hardship from a license suspension or revocation and have their license returned as soon as possible. Contact our diligent Winnebago County driver’s license reinstatement lawyers today at 779-800-2250 to schedule a free consultation.







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