Driver Licenses Restoration

Losing your driver’s license can be a significant inconvenience.

Handcuffs and a set of car keys demonstrate the importance of talking to a Schaumburg attorney.

Schaumburg Driver’s License Reinstatement Attorney.

When your driver’s license is revoked, it is not automatically reinstated when the revocation period is over. If you want to have driving privileges again after your revocation period is over, you need to go through the process of having your driver’s license reinstated.

Your driver’s license can be suspended or revoked for a variety of reasons, primarily traffic violations. These reasons include the following:

  • A DUI conviction;
  • Driving on an already suspended license;
  • Accrual of a significant amount of unpaid child support;
  • Failure to appear in court when required to appear for a traffic-related violation;
  • Accrual of too many parking violations;
  • Not having the minimum required level of car insurance;
  • Failure to pay court-imposed fines; and
  • Five or more toll evasions.

Losing your driver’s license can be a significant inconvenience. It can also be expensive, initially due to having to rely on public transportation or taxi services and later, due to the fees associated with having your driver’s license reinstated.

A driver’s license suspension has a defined end date, while a revocation is an indefinite loss of driving privileges. To learn more about the difference between these and your options as a driver facing a license suspension or revocation, speak with an experienced traffic offenses attorney.

Getting your Driver’s License Reinstated in Illinois

In Illinois, the process for having your driver’s license reinstated after a suspension involves working with the Secretary of State’s office and paying a reinstatement fee. The amount you are required to pay for this fee depends on the reason why your license was suspended. It can range from $70, which is the fee for minor suspensions, such as those for accruing too many traffic or parking violations, to $500 or more for reinstating a revoked license.

To have your license reinstated, you may need to appear at a formal or informal hearing with a Secretary of State officer to determine your eligibility for a reinstated license. This is where you need an attorney to advocate for your case. If your license was suspended due to a nonfatal offense, a single DUI conviction, or the result of multiple traffic violations, you can appear at an informal hearing. If there was a fatality or multiple DUI convictions behind your suspension, you need to appear at a formal hearing.

Your hearing can result in a full reinstatement of your driver’s license, a restricted driving permit, or a denial of reinstatement. You will receive the result in the mail within 90 days of your hearing. If your license is reinstated, you need to pay your fee and provide proof of sufficient car insurance coverage to the Secretary of State’s office. If you have other requirements for your reinstatement, such as the installation of an ignition interlock device on your car, you must also prove you have fulfilled these requirements before you can receive your new license.

Work with an Experienced Driver’s License Reinstatement Lawyer

If you are facing a charge for a traffic-related offense or you have already had your driver’s license suspended and you need to know your rights and options regarding its reinstatement, work with experienced Schaumburg traffic violation attorney Shannon P. O’Malley, Esq. Contact our firm today to set up your initial legal consultation with Mr. O’Malley. Do not drive if you have not had your driver’s license reinstated, even if your suspension period is over. If you have not had your license reinstated, you are not considered to have a driver’s license and you can be charged with driving without a driver’s license.