When Can I Have My Driver’s License Reinstated?
There are two ways an Illinois driver can “lose” his or her driver’s license: suspension and revocation. When a driver’s license is suspended, the driver is prohibited from driving for a specific period of time, during which he or she may be required to fulfill requirements like a driver education course or an alcohol education course. When a driver’s license is revoked, he or she is indefinitely barred from driving. In both of these scenarios, the driver can have his or her license reinstated. How and when the license is reinstated depends on whether it was suspended or revoked and in some cases, the circumstances surrounding the revocation.
If your License is Suspended, You Must Wait Until it is Finished
When a driver’s license is suspended, it is suspended for a specific period of time. This could be a few months, one year, or even a few years.
If your driver’s license is suspended, you must wait until your suspension period is complete to seek a reinstatement. Your driver’s license is not automatically reinstated when your suspension period is over—you must apply for a reinstatement online, through the mail, or at your local DMV.
You Must Complete All Additional Requirements
If you are required to complete a court-ordered drug education course or another course, you must successfully complete this course in order to have your driver’s license reinstated. If your suspension was due to accruing too many points on your driver’s license, you must reduce your points, either through driver education or as time elapses following the accrual of the points, to apply for a reinstatement.
In addition to these requirements, you also have to pay a fee to have your driver’s license reinstated after your suspension period is over.
Reinstating a Revoked Driver’s License
Reinstating a revoked driver’s license is somewhat different from reinstating a suspended license. Both involve reinstatement fees. To reinstate a revoked driver’s license, though, you must attend a reinstatement hearing and show the court that you do not pose a public safety risk as a driver.
Your lawyer can help you show the court that you are capable of driving safely. At the hearing, you may provide proof that you successfully completed an alcohol rehabilitation program, that you have received treatment for the anger issues that caused you to drive recklessly previously, or that you have attended a driver education course.
Work with an Experienced Geneva DUI Defense Lawyer
When your driver’s license suspension period is complete, you can have your driver’s license reinstated, given you completed all the court-imposed requirements like your fine and an alcohol education course. If your license was revoked, you will need to appear in court to potentially have it reinstated. Our team of experienced Naperville DUI defense lawyers can answer any questions you have about reinstating your license and work with you to complete this process. To get started with a member of our team, contact Donahue & Sowa today to set up your initial consultation with us.