The Illinois Secretary of State is cancelling large numbers of driver’s licenses and state IDs due to fraud. The Secretary of State processes and compares the photos of anyone who applies for or renews a driver’s license or state ID in a central digital database. Therefore, if you obtained a license or ID under a false name, date of birth or social security number, there is a high probability that the Secretary of State’s facial recognition system will flag your application.
While you may initially leave the facility with a temporary permit (paper license), the official plastic license or ID may never arrive. Months later, in it’s place, you may receive a Notice of Cancellation which indicates that you “committed a fraudulent offense in the making of an application” directing you to contact the Illinois Secretary of State Fraudulent Review Unit. In turn, the matter is turned over to a Secretary of State Police investigator. At that time, an in-person interview may be required.
It isn’t unusual for the lawyers at The Davis Law Group, P.C. to work with individuals who committed the fraudulent offense a decade or two ago. These individuals may have previously renewed their driver’s license multiple times without any issues. The technology has changed over the years and allowed even very old instances of fraud to be uncovered.
At a minimum, a single instance of fraud can result in a 12-month license suspension. Losing your ability to drive, even temporarily, can have a profound impact on your personal and professional life. The process should be handled properly from start to finish in order to avoid more serious consequences and minimize the time you are without driving privileges.
The driver’s license attorneys at The Davis Law Group, P.C. have helped numerous clients through this stressful and frustrating process. If you have received a Notice/Order ofCancellation, Suspension or Revocation, contact us today to discuss your case.