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What Is the Difference Between License Suspension and Revocation?

Posted on in Driver's License Reinstatement

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In Illinois, it is possible to lose your driver’s license for a variety of reasons, but not all losses of driving privileges are created equally. Depending on whether your license has been suspended or revoked, there are different processes required to get your license back. A driver’s license reinstatement attorney can help you understand the difference and follow the legal steps necessary for your unique situation.

Illinois Driver’s License Suspensions

If your license is suspended, it means that your driving privileges are removed for a temporary, clearly defined period of time. One of the most common forms of driver’s license suspension in Illinois is a statutory summary suspension, which may be issued if you fail or refuse a blood alcohol test at the time of your arrest for driving under the influence (DUI). Your driver’s license may also be suspended for failing to appear in court or otherwise resolve a traffic citation, failing to pay fines or toll violations, driving without car insurance, or accumulating a certain amount of traffic offenses and points on your license within a defined period, among other reasons.

The length of a driver’s license suspension can vary depending on the offense for which it was issued. Once the suspension period has ended, you can usually renew your driving privileges simply by paying a reinstatement fee to the Illinois Secretary of State, as long as you are not currently serving any other suspensions or revocations.

Driver’s License Revocation in Illinois

A revocation is a more serious penalty than a suspension, and it means that your license is taken away, possibly indefinitely. Revocations are typically reserved for convictions for more serious offenses. For example, a DUI conviction will result in a revocation of at least one year, with increased lengths for repeat offenses. A high number of points on your driver’s license within a short time can also result in a revocation.

In order to reinstate a revoked license, you will not only need to wait for the end of the minimum revocation period and pay a reinstatement fee but also pass a driver’s license examination and demonstrate that you have a clean driving record and that your driving no longer poses a risk to public safety. For a DUI or other alcohol-related offense, you will also likely need to complete education and treatment programs before you are eligible for reinstatement. A decision regarding your reinstatement will be issued at an informal or formal hearing with the Illinois Secretary of State office.

Contact a Rockford Driver’s License Reinstatement Lawyer

At Botto Gilbert Lancaster, PC - Driver’s License Reinstatement Attorneys, we can help you ensure that you are doing everything possible to have your license returned at the end of your suspension or revocation. We will also represent you at any required hearings and make sure your rights are protected during the proceedings. Call our knowledgeable and dedicated Winnebago County driver’s license reinstatement attorneys today at 779-800-2250 to schedule a free consultation.







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