What Will You Pay For Driver’s License Reinstatement

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A driver’s license suspension or revocation happens for many reasons. Regardless of the reason, your driver’s license reinstatement is important. The process may be time-consuming and costly, depending on the offense and how many offenses you have on your record. If the license revocation is due to a DUI, your path will be harder and longer. This post will walk through how drivers can reinstate a license in the case of suspension and revocation.

License Suspension

The Illinois Secretary of State’s website contains the steps needed in order for your driver’s license reinstatement. Before reinstatement occurs, the driver’s record can not have any open suspensions or revocations. Once your driving record has no open suspensions or revocations, you will pay $250 for your first reinstatement. However, if this is not your first reinstatement, you will pay $500 instead. The actual reinstatement does not happen until the Secretary of State’s office clears it and the date of provisional termination passes. 

License Revocation

Different rules apply for revoked drivers license due to DUI. The Sec. of State’s office process starts with the driver undergoing an alcohol/drug evaluation. If they find you have a problem, you must submit proof of treatment. In addition to evaluations the driver must complete an alcohol/drug remedial education program. Even if the evaluation does not recommend treatment; the driver is still required to complete a remedial education program. Once the drivers satisfies those requirements, the driver must meet with a hearing officer.

 First time offenders  meet with a hearing officer, which may be conducted at any of the regional driver service facilities. For repeat offenders, a request must be made in writing with a $50 fee, and attend a formal hearing in a predetermined location. At the hearing, the driver must demonstrate they will not be a threat to public safety. The hearing officer then determines the seriousness of the offense, the steps the driver has taken to correct it, and the driver’s overall record before moving forward with reinstatement.

. For repeat offenders, a request must be made in writing with a $50 fee, and attend a formal hearing in a predetermined location. At the hearing, the driver must demonstrate they will not be a threat to public safety. The hearing officer then determines the seriousness of the offense, the steps the driver has taken to correct it, and the driver’s overall record before moving forward with reinstatement.

then determines the seriousness of the offense, the steps the driver has taken to correct it, and the driver’s overall record before moving forward with reinstatement.

Unfortunately, steep fees come with reinstatement after DUI. The driver must pay $500, and show proof of financial responsibility, and pass a driving exam with an application fee. Proof of financial responsibility comes in the form of Sr-22 insurance.