Driver’s License Revoked for Life by Illinois? The Law Has Changed.

Effective Jan. 1, 2016, Illinois has changed its law to eliminate the lifetime ban on driver's licenses for people convicted of four or more DUI offenses. The lifetime ban affected more than just Illinois drivers — because of the Interstate Driver's License Compact signed by 45 states, many people who were banned for life in Illinois found it impossible to get a legal driver's license no matter where they lived or how responsible they became.

Now that the ban has been lifted, you may be eligible to have your driver's license reinstated. It won't be easy and it will take time, but it could happen.

I can help. I am Alan E. Jones, an attorney who has been helping people get revoked driver's licenses reinstated for more than 25 years. Whether you live in Illinois or have moved to another state, I can help you navigate the process of getting your license back. Contact me now for a free initial consultation.

If You're Sober Now, You Can Possibly Drive Again

The rules for license reinstatement after a lifetime revocation are strict. Before you are even eligible to apply, you have to meet both of these conditions:

  • You must remain abstinent from alcohol and drugs for three years
  • Five years must have passed since the effective date of your license revocation or, if you were incarcerated, five years since your release

In January, people who can show they meet those conditions will be able to apply for a restricted driver's license with an ignition interlock requirement.

If You Qualify, Illinois Will No Longer Object if You Want a License Elsewhere

If you have tried getting a license in another state after having it suspended or revoked in Illinois, you may know that, before approving one, most states will contact Illinois and ask for a letter of clearance. That letter means that the issues that brought about your revocation have been cleared. With a lifetime revocation, Illinois never considered the issue to be cleared.

With the lifetime ban lifted, Illinois will no longer stand in your way. If you qualify under the new reinstatement rules, we can ask Illinois to provide a "no-objection letter," which has the same effect.

To Get a Revoked License Reinstated, You Need Experienced Help. Contact Me Now.

My practice as a lawyer is focused especially on traffic defense and driver's license issues. As a longtime member of the Illinois State Bar Association's Traffic Section Council, I have spent my career studying traffic, license suspension and revocation, and license reinstatement law in Illinois and other states. I know and practice the law in this area every day.

I provide a free initial consultation, and I offer phone and Saturday appointments for my reinstatement clients so you don't have to miss work. My office is conveniently located in Waukegan. I accept credit cards and handle most cases on a flat-fee basis, so there are no surprises. Call me toll free at 866-916-0944 or contact me online to discuss your situation.