If you lost your driving privileges after a drunk driving arrest or conviction, you know just how important it is to get your license back. However, even if your license was only revoked for a specific period of time, it will not automatically be reinstated after that time has passed. When dealing with license suspension and reinstatement, you must follow the proper process in Illinois. 

When the period for your license revocation is up, you can usually begin the process of requesting reinstatement. You must also have completed any other court-mandated requirements you have, including taking traffic school courses and/or paying fines. After all of this is done, you can schedule a consultation with someone from the office of the secretary of state. This consultation will determine your eligibility for reinstatement. 

Once it is determined that you are eligible, you can request either an informal or formal hearing. Which hearing you attend will depend on the specific nature of your license suspension. During your hearing you will be questioned by an SOS officer, so you must be thoroughly prepared. You can usually expect one of three outcomes at the conclusion of your hearing — full reinstatement of your license without any restrictions, a restricted driving permit or a rejection. Both a restricted driving permit and a rejection will require you to come back for another hearing in the future. 

Living without a driver’s license is not easy. Public transportation can be unreliable, and family and friends who were once happy to give you rides might get tired of driving you around. Improving your chances of achieving a full reinstatement without restrictions usually hinges on your ability to successfully prepare for your hearing, and so many people in Illinois choose to work alongside a qualified counsel who understands their unique situation. Make sure you visit our website for more information on license suspension and reinstatement.