Driving on a Suspended or Revoked License in Illinois

What you need to know to get you driving legally on the road.

In Illinois, your Driver’s License can be suspended or revoked for DUI’s, unpaid traffic tickets, too many traffic violations, failure to pay child support, failure to appear in court, and more.

Having a suspended license means your driving privileges have been temporarily discontinued and you can continue to drive once your license has been reinstated. Having a revoked license means you lost your driving privileges indefinitely. When your license is suspended you will receive a written notice from the Illinois Secretary of State requiring you to surrender your license.

Driving on a suspended or revoked license is a criminal offense in the State of Illinois. This charge is specified under Section 6-303 of the Illinois Vehicle Code as a Class A Misdemeanor, punishable by a maximum penalty of one year in jail, a $2,500 fine, and court fees. Under specific circumstances, driving on a suspended or revoked license may be charged as a felony.

If you are convicted of driving on a revoked license, the Secretary of State will not consider the reinstatement of your driver’s license for at least one year after the dated conviction.

The process of reinstating your Driver’s License will be determined by the reasons of initial suspension and other factors such as your driving record.

Once you follow all guidelines of reinstating your license, you will need to have a formal or informal hearing with a Secretary of State hearing officer that will either restore your driving privileges or deny it.

You may also apply for a restricted driving permit (RDP) while your license is suspended or revoked that allows you to drive certain hours of the day or in designated areas. To apply for RDP, you must go through the standard formal or informal hearing process.

If you need assistance reinstating your Driver’s License after it has been suspended, Traffic Lawyers Chicago will review your Illinois driving record to examine the best course of action. In most cases our experienced Attorney’s will lessen the negative effects on your driving record by clearing your suspension prior to court, negotiating favorable pleas, or taking your case to trial. Traffic Lawyers Chicago represents clients throughout Illinois in Cook County, Lake County, Kane County, DuPage County, and Will County.