Under Illinois law, the Secretary of State may revoke or suspend your driver’s license based upon a variety of offenses. Once your ability to drive has been restricted by the Government, you must petition the Secretary of State to regain your driving privileges.
What is the distinction between revoked and suspended?
Revocation means that the Secretary of State has taken away your privilege to drive. You can only regain your privilege after you have convinced the Secretary of State that you have earned the privilege back.
Suspension means that the Secretary of State has temporarily take away your privilege to drive. Normally, after the period associated with your suspension has expired, you can resume driving upon paying any reinstatement fees.
Your license can be revoked or suspended for:
- Driving while Under the Influence of Alcohol or Drugs
- Reckless Driving
- Felony offense committed within a vehicle
- Failure to appear in court
- Failure to comply with conditions of a traffic matter
Can a Judge reinstate my driving privileges?
Only the Secretary of State can reinstate your driving privileges. Attending court and disposing of your criminal or traffic matter does not resolve your issues with the Secretary of State. Obtaining your license back from court does not mean you are authorized to drive.
How do I earn reinstatement of my driver’s license?
The Secretary of State has a process in place to petition for reinstatement of your driver’s license. You must follow the proper steps and present your best case in order to win your hearing. Simply showing up and talking to the hearing officer will not prove successful. You must establish the facts and record to prove you are a worthy candidate for reinstatement.
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