There seems to be a lot of confusion over what it means to have a revoked license and when you will get your driving privileges back.
According to the Illinois Vehicle Code, to have a revoked driver's license means that the Secretary of State has terminated by a formal action your ability to operate a motor vehicle on a public highway. In other words, you are no longer allowed to drive a car on Illinois' roads. One of the most common causes of a revoked license is for a conviction of a DUI of alcohol or other drugs. A revoked license will last a minimum of one year and will be indefinite until the individual is granted a new license. This means that if you don't have a formal or informal administrative hearing with the Illinois Secretary of State, your license will never be cleared. If you live out of state, the hold Illinois puts on your driver's license will prevent you from obtaining a new license in your home state.
Revocation differs from a suspension of a driver's license in that a revoked license will NOT be automatically restored after a certain amount of time. To drive again after having a revoked license, you must reapply for and be issued a new driver's license and have paid the revocation fee of $500. In order for the new license to be reissued, there must be an administrative hearing where the Secretary of State finds that to grant reinstatement of the driver's license will not endanger public safety or welfare. If your license was revoked because of a DUI of alcohol or other drugs, you will have to show that you are free of your alcohol or drug problem such as through participation in a treatment program.
The knowledgeable license reinstatement law firm of John W. Callahan, Ltd. has years of experience of successfully restoring driving privileges for those convicted of DUI arrests from inside Illinois as well as out of state. We can navigate you through the complex process and fight for you so that you are able to drive on Illinois roads once again. If you have any questions about how to clear your Illinois driver's license, feel free to contact us antime.
–Posted by license reinstatement lawyer John W. Callahan