Losing one’s driver’s license because of a DUI conviction often means months of inconvenience, embarrassment and frustration. Every day is a reminder of the mistake that cost the driver his or her license and perhaps other consequences as well. Driver’s license reinstatement is an important step in an Illinois driver getting his or her life back on track. However, the process is complicated.

As soon as the one has completed his or her penalties and the sentence of revocation comes to an end, the driver may begin the process of applying for license reinstatement. The first step is to obtain a DUI evaluation. This evaluation is performed by a licensed agent in compliance with Illinois law. The evaluation will show the Secretary of State the perceived risk a driver carries if he or she regains driving privileges.

The evaluator will ask the applicant details about the most recent arrest as well as any previous DUI offenses. The applicant will also answer questions about drug and alcohol habits, including prescription drugs, and other relevant information. Following the interview, the evaluator will rate the driver from one to three, with one being a minimal risk and three a high risk. These levels determine the length of substance abuse treatment the applicant must complete.

The DUI evaluation is an important step in regaining one’s license after revocation. Even if one’s risk level is not rated high, agents of the Secretary of State may fight to block the applicant’s license reinstatement. It is critical for anyone facing the consequences of a DUI arrest to have solid legal advocacy as early as possible in the process.