In Illinois, several different traffic violations and criminal offenses can lead to driver’s license suspension or revocation. One of the most common causes of driver’s license suspension or revocation is driving under the influence of alcohol (DUI). Losing your ability to drive can make it difficult or nearly impossible to get to and from work, attend appointments, and fulfill other important responsibilities. Fortunately, Illinois has programs in place for individuals who need to regain driving privileges after a DUI.
Regain Limited Driving Privileges Through an RDP
Once your driver’s license has been suspended or revoked, it becomes illegal to drive. Driving on a suspended or revoked license is a criminal offense punishable by fines and jail time. If you lost your license after a DUI, you may be able to regain your driving privileges through a restricted driving permit (RDP).
Once an RDP is issued, you are allowed to drive, but only in limited circumstances. Each RDP is different. For some, an RDP allows them to drive to and from work or medical appointments. Others use an RDP to attend classes at school. An RDP does not reinstate full driving privileges, but it may allow you to drive in limited circumstances.
How Can I Get an RDP?
Restricted driving permits are sometimes called hardship permits because they are intended for those individuals facing a hardship of some kind. To get an RDP, you must show that the loss of your driving privileges has created a hardship in your life. For example, if your work is not accessible by public transportation, driving may be the only way you can keep your job. If you are seeking an RDP after a DUI, you will also need to complete a professional drug and alcohol evaluation. Based on the results of the evaluation, you may be required to take drug or alcohol education classes or attend a substance abuse treatment program....