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Preparing for a Driver's License Reinstatement Hearing

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Preparing for a Driver's License Reinstatement HearingYour license has been suspended due to your conviction for a traffic-related offense. You adhere to the terms of your punishment, including serving jail time and paying fines. You take required classes to show that you have learned from your mistakes. Now, your suspension period has ended, and you are eligible for reinstatement of your driver’s license. You are confident because you have done everything asked of you. However, it would be a mistake to treat your driver’s license reinstatement hearing as a formality. The Illinois Secretary of State’s Office will subject you to great scrutiny during the hearing to ensure that it is safe to reinstate your driving privileges. Going into the hearing unprepared can result in disaster and disappointment.

Reinstatement Requirements

The Illinois Secretary of State’s office can restrict driving privileges by suspending or revoking a person’s driver’s license. Courts use suspension as a punishment for people who:

Reinstating a suspended driver’s license requires approval after a hearing and paying a fee, which is $250 for a first offense and $500 for a repeat offense. Courts will revoke a person’s driver’s license if he or she was convicted of a DUI charge. The required documentation for reinstatement is more expansive, including an alcohol or drug evaluation and proof of completing an alcohol or drug remedial education class.


When attending a driver’s license reinstatement hearing, the attorney for the Illinois Secretary of State’s office may be aggressive in trying to deny your reinstatement. It is common for attorneys to object to the documents you submit as being insufficient or inaccurate, forcing you to prove that you have met the basic requirements for the hearing. After the paperwork has been settled, the opposing attorney will ask you dozens of questions relating to:

  • The offense that led to your license suspension or revocation;
  • Your cooperation with legal requirements;
  • How you have changed since the original offense; and
  • Why you will not repeat your offense or be a danger to others.

The hearing officer may deny your reinstatement if he or she is not satisfied with your answers.


You should never go to a driver’s license reinstatement hearing without legal representation. A McHenry County criminal defense attorney at Botto Gilbert Lancaster, PC, can review your required documents and prepare you for the type of questions you will be asked. To schedule a free consultation, call 815-338-3838.



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