Losing your driver’s license because of an Illinois driving under the influence conviction can upend numerous areas of your life, so it makes sense that you would want to get your driver’s license back as soon as you possibly can in the aftermath. Without a license, it can prove extremely difficult for you to find or maintain gainful employment, which, in turn, can make it even harder for you to pay fines and other possible expenses relating to your conviction.
So, what do you need to do to get your Illinois driver’s license back after the state revokes it because of a DUI?
The reinstatement process
Before you will be able to get your license back after a DUI conviction, you will need to prove you are no longer a threat to the motoring public by submitting to an alcohol and drug evaluation. If the evaluation produces evidence that you do, in fact, have an alcohol or drug problem, you will need to undergo substance abuse treatment and furnish proof before you can proceed. If the evaluation does not show evidence of an alcohol or drug problem, you will still need to participate in an alcohol or drug remedial education program as part of your license reinstatement requirements.
You will also need to appear in front of a Secretary of State officer before you can get your license back, and you will need to prove to this person that you are no longer a liability on the road. Finally, you will have to pass written and physical driving tests, file proof of financial responsibility, pay a $500 fee and a separate application fee before your license can once again be valid.
Having your license reinstated is an important step in the aftermath of a DWI conviction. The sooner you can regain your driving privileges, the sooner you can resume your normal life.