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How to reinstate your driver's license

When Illinois officials either suspend or revoke your license, you usually have to get your license reinstated so you can legally drive again. At the Law Offices of Johnson and Buh, we know it is important for you to understand how this process works.

To get your license reinstated, you typically have to attend a hearing. This hearing may be either formal or informal. You may think you can choose which type of hearing you have but this is not usually the case. You may have to attend a formal hearing if officials suspended your license because your offense resulted in a fatality. Additionally, a formal hearing may be necessary if you have had several DUI convictions. You may be able to have an informal hearing if your offense did not result in a fatality. Minor traffic violations may also qualify for an informal hearing, as well as individual DUIs. 

Most of the time, you have to meet with a hearing officer before you attend a hearing. This officer usually talks to you about the offense which resulted in your license suspension. Based on this conversation, he or she will decide if you are ready to attend a hearing. Once a hearing officer agrees you are ready for the next step, you can usually set up your hearing. If your situation requires a formal hearing, then you will likely have to submit paperwork. Additionally, there may be a filing fee.

Once you have filled out any necessary paperwork, you can generally attend your hearing. According to, you usually have to demonstrate that you have met all of the court's requirements before you can get your license back. If a court wanted you to attend a remedial education program or driving school, for example, you may have to submit documentation proving that you completed the course. Sometimes there may be a reinstatement fee you have to pay. You can find more information about this subject on our webpage.

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