Suspended or Revoked License

If you have been arrested and charged with a DUI your driver’s license will be suspended on the 46thday after your arrest, unless you request a hearing with Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) within ten days of your arrest. Having an experienced DUI defense attorney will significantly increase your chances of preventing your driver’s license from being suspended or revoked; and in the case of a suspension or revocation they can help you gain a Restricted Driving Permit (RDP) or Judicial Driving Permit.

Jerald Novak & Associates has helped thousand of clients restore suspended driving licenses when their driving privileges have been suspended or revoked. I am committed to assuring that people who have had their driver’s license suspended receive hardship licenses. I have a wealth of experience working with the guidelines set up by the Secretary of State office for the reinstatement of driving privileges after a statutory summary suspension or Revocation. According to the 2005 Illinois DUI Fact Book the guidelines for driver’s license reinstatement are:

Statutory Summary Suspension

Driving privileges may be reinstated at the end of the statutory summary suspension period unless the court instructs the Secretary of State otherwise. Before driving privileges can be reinstated:

  • Other suspensions or revocations on the driving record must be cleared.
  • A $250 reinstatement fee must be paid to the Secretary of State, $30 of which goes to the Department of Human Services, Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse, to help defray the cost of professional alcohol and drug evaluations for indigent offenders.
  • In the case of repeat offenders, the reinstatement fee is $500, with $60 going to the Illinois Road Fund, $190 going to the Drunk and Drugged Driving Prevention Fund, and $250 going to the General Revenue Fund.
  • The reinstatement of a statutory summary suspension becomes valid when it is entered on the driver’s record in the Secretary of State’s office provided the provisional termination date has passed.


To have driving privileges reinstated, a driver convicted of DUI must:

  • Have a clear driving record other than the revocation sanction.
  • Undergo an alcohol and drug evaluation. If an alcohol or drug problem is indicated, proof of treatment must be submitted.
  • Complete an alcohol and drug remedial education program. Even if the evaluation does not recommend treatment, the driver is still required to complete a remedial education program.
  • Appear before a Secretary of State hearing officer. For a first offense, an informal hearing may be conducted by visiting a hearing officer at one of the regional Driver Services facilities. Multiple offenders must request in writing and attend a formal hearing in Chicago, Springfield, Mt. Vernon or Joliet.
  • Demonstrate during the hearing that public safety will not be endangered if driving privileges are restored. The hearing officer considers the seriousness of the offense, the offender’s overall driving record and the driver’s remedial efforts.
  • File proof of financial responsibility prior to reinstatement, pay a $500 reinstatement fee, pass the driver’s license examination (written, vision and driving portions) and pay the appropriate application fee.
  • Repeat offenders pay an additional $500 in reinstatement fees.
  • An individual requesting a formal hearing for reinstatement of his or her driving privileges will be charged a $50 non-refundable filing fee when requesting the formal hearing.

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