In 2022, the Illinois Secretary of State reported that there were over 27,000 DUI arrests across the state. In Illinois, one of the punishments for receiving a DUI is that you will lose your driving privileges.
Losing your driver’s license due to a DUI can be a difficult experience. Without the ability to drive, many everyday tasks can become much more complicated. However, there are steps you can take to regain your driving privileges after a DUI conviction.
Fulfill your suspension or revocation period
Firstly, understand that serving out your suspension or revocation period is mandatory. You cannot apply for reinstatement before this period ends. The duration will depend on your specific case and can range from one year for a first offense to a lifetime revocation for multiple offenses.
Attend a hearing
After you serve your suspension period, you will need to attend a hearing with a Secretary of State hearing officer. During this hearing, you will need to prove that you no longer pose a danger to public safety. To do this, gather evidence that shows you have improved, such as completion of a drug or alcohol education program or proof of sobriety.
Pay your fees
You will also need to pay certain fees to have your license reinstated. The costs vary depending on the specifics of your case. It is also important to remember that you must pay all outstanding fines and court costs related to your DUI conviction before you can apply for reinstatement.
Complete an alcohol and drug evaluation
You will need to complete an alcohol and drug evaluation, which will assess the degree of your dependence on substances. Depending on the results of your evaluation, you may need to complete a remedial education course or even an outpatient treatment program.
Maintain your sobriety
Finally, maintaining your sobriety is critical. If the courts grant reinstatement of your license, you may still be subject to random testing. Any evidence of continued alcohol or drug use could lead to a revocation of your license.
Getting your license back after a DUI is not a quick process, but by following these steps, you can work towards reinstatement.