Illinois DUI Classification
The Illinois MVD classifies DUIs by blood alcohol concentration (BAC) and the specific circumstances of your offense.
There are now three levels of DUI:
In Illinois, a DUI (driving under the influence) offense covers all types of impaired driving, from driving drunk to driving while under the influence of drugs (whether prescribed, abused, or illegal). Illinois has an aggressive anti-DUI program.
If you haven't already familiarized yourself with Illinois' DUI laws, consider reading the Secretary of State's very informative DUI Fact Book.
The process of restoring your driver’s license in Illinois depends entirely on the outcome of your hearing – the SOS requires either an informal or formal hearing for all Illinois drivers facing license suspension. For a first offense, this hearing can be conducted by visiting a hearing officer. A hearing will result in either the restoration of your driving privileges, the granting of a restricted driver permit or the denial of your driving privileges.
Criminal penalties may include:
STATUTORY SUMMARY SUSPENSION
A driver arrested for DUI, who fails, refuses to submit, or fails to complete chemical testing following a charge of DUI is subject to a Statutory Summary Suspension of their driving privilege. This suspension is an administrative action against your license and is separate from any criminal action, which may be taken by the courts.
RELIEF DURING SUSPENSION PERIODS
A First Offender as defined by Illinois law may be eligible for a Monitoring Device Driving Permit (MDDP) which will allow the driver to legally operate a vehicle equipped with an approved Breath Alcohol Ignition Interlock Device (BAIID).
Applying for a MDDP
A Multiple Offender as defined by Illinois law, may be eligible for a Restricted Driving Permit (RDP) which will allow the driver to legally operate a vehicle equipped with an approved Breath Alcohol Ignition Interlock Device (BAIID).
Applying for a RDP
|1.||Make sure your driving record has been cleared|
|2.||Complete your alcohol/drug evaluation AND proof of treatment if it was required|
|3.||Complete the alcohol/drug remedial education program if required|
|4.||Have and file proof of financial responsibility|
|5.||Pay $500 reinstatement fee|
|6.||Retake and pass the driver's license exam (written, vision and driving)|
|7.||Pay the application fee of $30|