Drivers License Restoration

There are a couple of ways one may lose their driver’s license.

Upon conviction for certain offenses under the Penal and Motor Vehicle Codes, the Secretary of State may restrict, suspend, or revoke one’s driver’s license.

In the case of a revocation, one must wait at least a year before applying to get it reinstated.  One should, however, start planning ahead to mount a successful appeal.

The Driver’s License Appeal Division of the SOS hears over 20,000 appeal hearings through the use of closed circuit television systems at local offices.  These hearings; that are heard by a hearing officer and not a judge, can be difficult and very cold.

If the license was revoked due to alcohol or other controlled substance crimes, one must provide evidence of abstinence.  DLAD wants to hear that one immediately stopped consuming alcohol or using controlled substances, has actively participated in counseling, received treatment, and is not the same risk he was before losing his license.

The loss of one’s driving privileges has a significant impact on your ability to get to work, school, appointments, and on enjoying life.  If you have lost your license, you may want to immediately discuss with your attorney what you need to do to improve your chances of getting it reinstated.  Often defendants and their counsel stop thinking about the license after the conviction, but you and your attorney need to start working on it now.

If you have any questions, give us call.