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Can I Get a Hardship License After a DUI Charge?

 Posted on September 19, 2023 in Traffic Law

DuPage County traffic violations lawyerYou may be able to get a hardship license in the state of Illinois if your driver's license has been suspended or revoked due to a DUI charge. A hardship license, or restricted driving permit (RDP), allows you to drive to certain places at certain times, even if your license has been suspended or revoked.

The process for getting a hardship license in Illinois can be complex and time-consuming. It is important to speak with an attorney if you are considering applying for an RDP. 

Requirements for a Restricted Driving Permit (RDP)

To qualify for a restricted driving permit (RDP), individuals with two or more DUI convictions, two statutory summary suspensions, or one DUI conviction with a statutory summary suspension from a separate DUI arrest must have a breath alcohol ignition interlock device (BAIID) installed in their vehicle. Additionally, those convicted of aggravated DUI stemming from an accident resulting in death, great bodily harm, or permanent disability or disfigurement must also use a BAIID.

Obtaining an RDP

To get a hardship license, you must:

  • Show that you have a hardship that requires you to drive

  • Provide a current professional alcohol/drug evaluation

  • If applicable, provide proof of remedial education or treatment

  • Show up to a hearing before a hearing officer at the Illinois Secretary of State's Department of Administrative Hearings

Your driving record will be reviewed by a hearing officer to ensure that you will not pose a threat to public safety if allowed to drive under limited conditions.

Costs and Eligibility

After approval for a hardship license, if you have two or more driving incidents related to alcohol on your record, installing a breath alcohol ignition interlock device (BAIID) in your vehicle will be required. You are responsible for all costs associated with the BAIID.

A non-refundable filing fee of $50 applies to those who request a formal hearing for an RDP or reinstatement of their driving privileges.

Drivers under the age of 16 who have had their driving privileges revoked are not eligible for an RDP.

Contact a DuPage County, IL Traffic Violations Lawyer

Having a driver’s license suspended or revoked does not mean your driving days are over. Following the steps to get a hardship permit is the best way to get back some driving privileges after a DUI charge. For help with this, it is best to contact a Wheaton, IL traffic violations and DUI defense lawyer. The attorneys at Davi Law Group, LLC understand the driver's license reinstatement process. Call 630-580-6373 now to get a free consultation and discuss how we can get you back on the road.

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