Illinois law previously prohibited anyone with 4 or more DUI convictions from obtaining driving privileges where the last arrest resulting in a conviction occurred on or after January 1, 1999. In other words, if you had been convicted of driving under the influence 4 or more times, the Illinois Secretary of State imposed a lifetime revocation of your driver’s license (also known as the “four strikes” rule). This meant that you were not eligible for an administrative hearing before the Illinois Secretary of State to request reinstatement or a Restricted Driving Permit (“RDP”).
Illinois law now allows persons currently revoked for life to apply for an RDP under certain conditions. The person will be able to apply for relief after a 5-year period of 'hard time' measured from the date of the last order of revocation or release from incarceration (imposed as a result from the most recent offense), whichever is later. The person must demonstrate 3-years of abstinence, complete any treatment requirements and otherwise meet all requirements of the Secretary of State. If granted relief, the person is required to use a BAIID device while driving. The law prohibits full reinstatement for Illinois residents.
Out-of-state residents are eligible to apply for full reinstatement after a period of 10-years measured from the date of the last order of revocation. These individuals must also comply with all Secretary of State requirements. If the person reestablishes residency in Illinois, the revocation will be reinstated and the person will only be eligible for RDP relief.
As a member of the legislative subcommittee for the Traffic Laws and Courts Section Council of the Illinois State Bar Association, Attorney Larry A. Davis drafted the legislation and led negotiations to change the lifetime revocation law and allow persons who have rehabilitated their lives, to obtain driving privileges.
On August 6, 2015, Public Act 099-0290 (House Bill 1446), sponsored by the Honorable Elaine Nekritz, a State Representative, was signed into law by the Governor. It has an effective date of January 1, 2016.
The license reinstatement attorneys at The Davis Law Group, P.C. invite any person seeking driving privileges to contact us to discuss their case. You may submit your contact information using the convenient form on this page or call our office if you wish to arrange a consultation regarding your DUI revocation.