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REINSTATING A SUSPENDED DRIVER LICENSE IN ILLINOIS

Driving in Illinois is a privilege that drivers should not take lightly. Not complying with the rules and regulations of IL roads can easily result in drivers license suspension or complete revocation, and in order to reinstate your drivers license, you will have to pay the fees and meet certain requirements of IL law.

Driving in Illinois is a privilege that drivers should not take lightly. Not complying with the rules and regulations of IL roads can easily result in drivers license suspension or complete revocation, and in order to reinstate your drivers license, you will have to pay the fees and meet certain requirements of IL law.

Driving safely and legally in Illinois is only possible with a valid driving license and any traffic violations you have made will be stated on your driving record. Roads and streets are places where you must be extremely careful both for your own good and for the good of others.

Reasons for Suspension of Drivers License

You should be sensible when it comes to your driving habits, especially when there are many reasons why a drivers license can be suspended from you:

  • You do not satisfy a warrant for more than five traffic violations (speeding, violating a red traffic light signal).
  • You do not appear for traffic violation citations.
  • You do not yield to an ambulance or other emergency vehicles that use visual and audible signals.
  • You cause a crash, speeding or other violations in a construction area that can result in damages to property or injuries to people.
  • You abuse child visitation order privileges.
  • You drive under the influence of alcohol, drugs or other substances that can affect machine operating abilities.
  • You do not pay child support.
  • You refuse to undergo a drug or alcohol test.
  • You commit sex or drug offenses while operating or being in contact with a vehicle.
  • You are in possession of a fake ID or drivers license.
  • You do not have the mandatory car insurance for the vehicle.
  • You evade toll payment or make other toll violations.
  • You steal fuel from gas stations.
  • You park in parking areas designated for persons with disabilities.

These and many more violations can result in drivers license suspension by an authorized law enforcement agent. Objecting to this decision and driving while your license is suspended can only increase the reinstatement period, lead to drivers license revocation or incarceration.

How to Reinstate Suspended Drivers License


If you have had your drivers license suspended in IL, you can apply for reinstatement only after the suspension period has passed and all fees have been paid. If you depend on driving for reasons of health, work, or taking care of other persons such as children or persons with disabilities, you may be eligible to get a restricted driving permit.

You can pay the fees for your suspended driving license in one of two ways:

  • In person, by visiting a Driver Services facility where a hearing officer will look into your case and let you know about the reinstatement conditions
  • Online, by paying the reinstatement fees via the form available on the official IL DMV website (CyberDrive Illinois)

Note: Calling your local Driver Services facility to speak to a hearing officer is a good idea if you would like to speed up the reinstatement procedure. You can find the contact information for every Driver Services facility on the official IL DMV website or the IL Secretary of State website.