Illinois Drivers License Reinstatement

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Contact Bob Thompson today (cell phone: 815-973-3777   office phone: 815-284-7705) to learn more about driver's license reinstatement.   If you have a revoked Illinois Driver's License from a DUI conviction Bob will represent you before the Secretary of State.

The Illinois Secretary of State's Office has imposed strict and often confusing guidelines for driver's license reinstatement after a DUI conviction.

A person seeking driving privileges after suspension or revocation must apply for an informal or formal hearing before the Secretary of State.   Obtaining a favorable decision is not guaranteed by any means and Bob will help you with experienced legal  representation.

Bob has practiced before the Illinois Secretary of State for over 25 years with successful results.

Bob handles license reinstatement hearings in Springfield and all over Northern Illinois, including the Quad Cities, Cook Counties and Lee, Whiteside, Belvidere, Bureau, LaSalle, Winnebago, Stephenson, Carroll, Rock Island, DeKalb and Ogle Counties.

To get your license reinstated, call Bob on his mobile phone today for a free consultation.   Phone:  815-973-3777, or email bob at [email protected]


What Type of Hearing Will I Need to Get Driving Privileges?

The Secretary of State conducts 2 types of hearings: formal and informal. Generally, formal hearings are required when a person has multiple DUI cases.

A formal hearing requires testimony under oath before a hearing officer and a contracted attorney representing the Secretary of State.  The rules of the Secretary of State’s office are complicated and many requests for reinstatement are denied, due either to treatment issues or inaccurate evaluation of the potential driver.
Professional legal assistance is the best way to approach these challenges.   You must satisfy that you are not a risk to the public safety.

How Long Does it Take to get a Hearing and a Decision on My Request for Driving Relief?

Once you've met with an attorney and requested a hearing, the relief process could take up to six months.  Get started right away and plan accordingly.

Suspension or Revocation?

A suspension is the temporary loss of driving privileges for a specified period of time.   A revocation is different.  It is the indefinite loss of your driving privileges. There is no ‘automatic’ reinstatement even after the period of revocation ends.  Call Bob today to find out your reinstatement and/or permit options.

Do I Need to take a Driver's Test and Purchase SR-22 Insurance?

Yes and Yes.   The Secretary of State requires that you test and then maintain high-risk insurance for a 36-month period.   Your restricted permit may be less than this period, but even after driving successfully on a permit, reinstatement is still not automatic. You must still first have another hearing before the Secretary of State.  (Yes, it is an involved process and it pays to do it right the first time around.)

Note, it is likely that you will have to have a BAIID device installed in every vehicle that is registered in your name, although the Secretary of State will permit work vehicle exemptions under certain circumstances.

How Long Will I Need to Have a BAIID in My Car?

The amount of time you will need to have the BAIID device installed in your vehicle varies.  All of those questions will be addressed at your first consultation.


How Much Will it Cost to Have an Attorney Represent Me?

Costs of legal services vary based upon your record and treatment/evaluation level of risk.  My practice has been very critical in reviewing potential clients and their willingness to accomplish the treatment and the lifestyle required for relief.  I do turn some people away when I don't agree that they are ready for the examination and to meet the requirements of the SOS.

If I Have Already Been Denied at a hearing, can a Lawyer Still Help Me?

Yes, I will address your denial appropriately and do what is right to gain you driving relief.