King Law Firm, LLC represents clients - who lost driving privileges - before the Illinois Secretary of State to pursue relief in the form of full reinstatement or a Restricted Driver’s Permit (RDP). We understand that a driver’s license is an essential component of modern-day society.
The Illinois Secretary of State has the authority to issue licenses or permits, suspend or revoke privileges, and/or reinstate privileges. The Secretary of State revokes driving privileges upon confirmation that a driver has been convicted of certain offenses, such as Driving Under the Influence (DUI). A revocation is the loss of driving privileges for an unknown period of time, which can equal a lifetime. This long-term revocation may have devastating and adverse effects on an individual’s life, including the ability to seek an education, maintain employment, and provide childcare. Fortunately, viable options exist for revoked drivers to seek relief and privileges.
In Illinois, revoked drivers may seek driving relief through Informal or Formal Administrative Hearings, which are not part of the court or judicial system. An Informal Hearing will be permitted in limited circumstances in a non-formal setting with a Hearing Officer. The testimony is not recorded but all statements are considered under oath. The Informal Hearing Officer does not have authority to make any final decisions, but rather the main office in Springfield will render and issue the Final Order either granting relief or denying relief within 90 days. A Formal Hearing occurs in a more formal setting in the presence of a Hearing Officer and the Secretary of State’s attorney with sworn testimony recorded. At a Formal Hearing, the Hearing Officer makes a written recommendation to the main office in Springfield regarding driving relief or the denial of driving relief. The Final Order may take 90 days to be issued.
The Secretary of State may grant full reinstatement, Restricted Driver’s Permit (RDP), or denial. Full reinstatement is the complete restoration of driving privileges. A Restricted Driver’s Permit is awarded only for limited purposes, such as employment or education. The Restricted Driver’s Permit has additional limitations in scope and duration with an expiration of one-year. Some drivers may qualify solely for a Restricted Driver’s Permit with an added requirement of installing Breath Alcohol Ignition Interlock Device (BAIID) in the vehicle(s).
To qualify for either type of hearing, a revoked driver seeking relief cannot have any pending cases – traffic or criminal. Each revoked driver must obtain and complete Uniform Alcohol/Drug Evaluation (valid for 6 months only and then must obtain an Update Report), complete recommended treatment, and satisfy all other requirements from the Evaluator’s recommendation and classification.