Secretary of State Closures Due to Covid-19

All Illinois Secretary of State facilities are currently closed to the public. Emergency rules have been enacted to extend the expiration (in certain circumstances) of driver’s licenses, driving permits including Restricted Driving Permits, ID cards, vehicle registrations, and other transactions through the period of closure and for at least 90 days after the facilities have reopened.

To be eligible for the extension of your driver’s license or permit (including Restricted Driving Permits), your license or permit must have been valid as of March 17, 2020. If your driver’s license or permit expired before this date, this extension does not apply to you.

We do expect significant delays in assigning hearing dates, decisions from hearings, processing of permit requirements, and the issuance of driving relief when the Secretary of State eventually reopens. 

If you are on a permit and are required to have a BAIID device, it is very important that you keep the device installed in your vehicle during this time so as to not violate the BAIID terms and conditions and to avoid having to start the BAIID requirement over from the beginning.

If you are currently working on the process to obtain driving privileges, we strongly recommend that you continue to work on completing any requirements at this time so that you are prepared to proceed with your hearing at the first available opportunity. Our Illinois driver’s license attorneys are standing by and ready to help. If you would like to begin the process, now is a great time to put yourself in a position to proceed with a hearing once the Secretary of State re-opens. We expect that there will be a substantial backlog of demand for hearings once the Secretary of State begins hearings. 

Most alcohol/drug evaluators and treatment facilities are still open and conducting evaluations, treatment and risk education through telehealth which includes appointments over the phone and internet.

The Secretary of State is encouraging individuals to use its online services available at cyberdriveillinois.com. These include renewing a vehicle registration, applying for a vehicle title and registration, obtaining a duplicate driver’s license or ID, obtaining a driving record abstract and renewing a standard driver’s license with the Safe Driver Renewal Program. 

Feel free to contact The Davis Law Group, P.C. at 847-390-8500 if you are interested in obtaining driving privileges through an administrative hearing before the Illinois Secretary of State. Our license reinstatement attorneys focus in this specific area of the law and are available to provide a free consultation to prospective clients. We look forward to hearing from you.

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