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If your driver’s license has been suspended, you may need to have a hearing at the Secretary of State to obtain a restricted driver’s permit (RDP) or to regain full driving privileges. If your license has been revoked, you must have a hearing to attempt to obtain an RDP and/or to reinstate your driver’s license.

Informal hearings are generally for those who have been arrested for one DUI. If you are eligible to have a hearing (check with a hearing officer at most DMV locations), you must present treatment documents and an alcohol and drug evaluation (Uniform Report) dated within six months of your hearing. If your evaluation has expired, you will be required to obtain an updated evaluation from a licensed provider, like Midwest Treatment Center, Inc. Informal hearings are held at driver’s license facilities throughout the state. Locations can be found at:

Formal hearings are required for those whose driver’s license has been revoked for having more than one DUI arrest, has had multiple losses of driving privileges, and/or has been involved in an accident in which someone has been injured or killed. To request a formal hearing, you will need to send $50

and a hearing request form to the Secretary of State. Your hearing will likely be six to eight weeks from the date you mail in your hearing request form. The Secretary of State will send you a hearing notice informing you of the time, date and location of your hearing. Formal hearings are held in four locations throughout the state: Chicago, Joliet, Springfield and Mount Vernon. Exact locations can be found at:

You can find out your hearing requirements here:

To have a successful hearing with the Secretary of State, you will need your treatment documents
(treatment verification, treatment plan, discharge summary, aftercare plan, and aftercare status report, along with a DUI Risk Education certificate, if you have been classified minimum, moderate or significant risk). High Risk treatment does not require DUI Risk Education. You will also need to present an alcohol and drug evaluation (Uniform Report) or updated evaluation dated within six months of your hearing date. If you have been classified as High Risk, you will need documentation of abstinence or non-problematic drinking and documentation of a support group, if applicable. The professionals at Midwest Treatment Center, Inc. will be happy to help verify that you have proper documentation prior to your hearing date.

When you attend a hearing with the Secretary of State, you will be required to demonstrate several
things: you take responsibility for your loss of license, you have completed all treatment requirements, you learned the necessary lessons to successfully complete treatment requirements, you have made the necessary lifestyle changes to significantly reduce the chance of another alcohol/drug-related arrest in the future, and your testimony has been deemed credible.

It is important to tell the truth about your past relationship with alcohol and/or drugs to make sure you have been properly classified, completed the proper treatment requirements, and have convinced the Secretary of State that you have corrected your alcohol and/or drug problem and are no longer a risk to yourself or anyone else if and when they reinstate your driver’s license.

You are not required to take an attorney to a hearing, but be advised that both formal and informal
hearings can be difficult and stressful. Midwest Treatment Center, Inc. works closely with several of the most highly-qualified driver’s license reinstatement attorneys in Chicago and around the state. If you think you might to use a professional attorney, we will be happy to refer to you an expert in the field.