HOW TO OBTAIN A RESTRICTED DRIVING PERMIT OR REINSTATEMENT
Under Illinois law, drivers may apply for reinstatement or a Restricted Driving Permit under certain conditions.
Restricted Driving Permit (RDP) — Partial restoration of driving privileges, which allows a person to drive in certain areas, hours and days for employment, medical or educational purposes when no other form of transportation is available. The driver must prove a hardship exists and submit proof of employment, support/recovery group meetings, need for medical care, or an educational verification form and class schedule. A person under statutory summary suspension for a second or third DUI within five years of the previous one is not eligible for relief during the period of suspension.
If convicted and imprisoned for reckless homicide or aggravated DUI that was a proximate cause of a death, no relief may be given until 24 months after release from imprisonment. If convicted of DUI a second or third time, no relief is allowed for one year from the effective date of the last revocation. Drivers under age 21 convicted for DUI are not eligible for an RDP until one year from the effective date of revocation.
Restricted Driving Permit (RDP) Eligibility:
Must provide proof of “undue hardship” because of employment, medical, educational, support group or court ordered community service reasons.
Complete Alcohol/Drug Requirements:
If your record reflects an alcohol/drug related offense, you must complete the following requirements after your consultation: Complete an alcohol/drug evaluation by a Division of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse (DASA)-licensed provider within six months prior to your hearing date.
The evaluator will classify you as one of the following:
• Must complete an alcohol/drug remedial education class by a DASA-licensed provider.
Moderate or Significant risk:
• Must complete minimal risk requirements, AND
• Provide proof of completion of early intervention (moderate risk) or recommended alcohol/drug treatment (significant risk) and provide continuing care status report.
• Provide proof of completion of recommended treatment and provide continuing care status report. If nondependent, a clinical examination of why dependency was ruled out must be provided, as well as proof of either abstinence or non-problematic use.
• Provide three letters from members of your support/recovery program confirming your participation in the program.
• Provide three letters from independent sources confirming your abstinence from alcohol/drugs.