Driver’s License Restoration Lawyer – Ambrose Law Group
Revocation is much more serious than suspension. At the end of your revocation period, you have to apply to get your license back. You will not automatically receive it after you pay the reinstatement fee. Instead, you will have to attend a hearing and prove that you deserve to have your driver’s license restored.
SUSPENDED LICENSE | DRIVER’S LICENSE RESTORATION LAWYER
If your license is suspended, it means that there is a set period of time during which you are not allowed to drive. At the end of the suspension period, you will simply need to pay the reinstatement fee and any applicable driver responsibility fees in order to get your license back.
Application for Driver’s License Restoration
The reinstatement fee structure is as follows:
General reinstatement: $125
Reinstatement for a drug crime: $250
Reinstatement for minor in possession: $250
License Revoked Due to Multiple Drunk Driving Offenses
A person whose license is revoked due to multiple drunk driving offenses must apply for a hearing before the Driver Assessment and Appeal Division (DAAD – formerly known as the DLAD) for re-licensure. The driver’s eligibility date for a DAAD hearing can be found on his/her driving record.
A person with two alcohol related driving offenses within 7 years must wait one full year from the last conviction to be eligible to apply.
A person with 3 or more alcohol related driving offenses within 10 years must wait 5 years from their last conviction to be eligible.
The Secretary of State rules are very specific with respect to the issuance of a driver’s license. These rules cannot be modified and are set forth in Rule 13
* What To Bring to a DAAD Hearing
In addition to submitting a substance abuse evaluation, you will need to bring 4-6 community support letters to verify abstinence from alcohol. The same exact sobriety date must be explicitly stated in all letters. The letters must be notarized and must include specific information regarding your history concerning alcohol, past and present. The letters should come from a cross-section of the persons’ life. Consider asking your friends, family members, fellow AA members, teachers, or co-workers to write letters for you. Please read what the actual rule says here. A sample letter can be found here.
Additionally, you must bring documentation of participation in a support group, such as AA. You should get the attendance sheet as well as signatures from members of your groups to support your DAAD hearing. An AA sign-in sheet can be found here. Hearing officers like to see consistent involvement in AA, at least twice a week, for at least one year, or involvement in structured and consistent substance abuse counseling. You MUST be familiar with the 12 steps of AA! If you are looking for AA offices near you, please click here.
This documentation is necessary to prove by “clear and convincing” evidence that your alcohol problem is under control and likely to remain under control, the likelihood that you will again drink and drive is low or minimal, and that you have the ability and motivation to drive safely and within the law. Rule 13 states that you must prove to the hearing officer that you have not used alcohol for at least 6 months; however, in reality, in order to win your hearing you must prove abstinence from alcohol for at least one full year.