How to Check Your Driver’s License Status After Suspension in Illinois

If you have had your driver’s license suspended or revoked, it can affect all aspects of your life. This includes your professional work, your ability to participate in your favorite activities, and performing everyday family duties such as dropping your children off at school.

It stands to reason, therefore, that you want to get your license back as quickly as possible. In this blog post, we will look at how to check your driver’s license status after suspension in Illinois. We will also highlight how you and fix a suspended or revoked license with the aid of a qualified law office.

How to Check Your Driver’s License Status in Illinois

In the state of Illinois, there are a number of different ways you can learn the up-to-date status of your driver’s license. One way to do this is to check online by visiting You will need your driver’s license and the date of issuance.

There is a cost of $12 (plus a payment processor fee) to get your records online. All you need is a valid debit or credit card and a printer.

You may also check your driver’s license status by mail by completing the Abstract Request Form. Once you have completed this form, simply mail it to the Secretary of State, Driver Analysis Section, 2701 S. Dirksen Pkwy., Springfield, IL 62723. As with the online method, there is a $12 fee.

Another method is to visit a Driver Services facility and complete the request form in person. This process also costs $12 and will give you immediate access to your driving access. Our legal team can also help you to obtain your driving record.

How to Fix a Suspended License

Reviewing your driving record give you several pieces of important information. This includes the exact status of your license (whether suspended or revoked), the specific reason for the hold, and the date when you are eligible for reinstatement or a hearing.

In the case that your license is suspended, you may either wait out the suspension or undo whatever caused the suspension. Given that the latter option is preferable for most people, let’s highlight how that may be possible, depending on the reason for the suspension.

Too Many Traffic Tickets 

In Illinois, a driver who is 21 years or older is liable to a suspension if they receive 3 convictions within a period of 12 months. For drivers under the age of 21 years, they are liable to a suspension if they receive 2 convictions within a period of 24 months.

A person may reopen the case in this instance by filing a motion to vacate the conviction. We recommend that you speak to our expert team to learn about how to file a motion to vacate.

Not Appearing in Court

Did you receive a traffic ticket that required a court appearance? If you failed to appear in court or send an attorney to go in your place, “failure to appear” may have been entered on your file, which can result in the suspension of your license.

Generally, the resolution here is to file a motion to vacate, reopen the case, and appear in court (or have your attorney go in your place). Once the “failure to appear” notice is removed, the driver’s license suspension should be lifted.

DUI Arrest

If you have recently been arrested for a DUI in Illinois, your driver’s license may also have been suspended. The suspension can last for between 6 and 12 months, or longer, depending on the facts of the case. In this instance, it is important to partner with an experienced attorney to determine the best course of action.

How to Fix a Revoked License

In Illinois, a driver’s license may be revoked for a number of reasons, including a DUI conviction and other criminal convictions such as having a large number of traffic convictions, leaving the scene of a serious accident, and drag/street racing.

In the case of a DUI conviction, an updated Drug & Alcohol Evaluation is required. This involves the driver showing proof of treatment for their alcohol or drug abuse problems as well as proof of lifestyle changes.

It is highly recommended that you hire an attorney to assist you, particularly if you require an Illinois Secretary of State hearing. They will help you to prepare the necessary paperwork and prepare for the questioning you will face during the hearing itself.

Illinois License Suspended: What to Do

A driver’s license suspension in Illinois can have a major impact on your quality of life. As we have highlighted above, there are a number of ways you can check your driver’s license status, including online, by mail, in person, and with the support of an attorney.

The best way to secure a driver’s license reinstatement is also to partner with an experienced attorney. Here in Illinois, your premier choice is John M. Quinn & Associates. We have helped thousands of people to drive again and are here to assist you.

Contact our team today to set up your free consultation. Let’s work together to secure your driver’s license reinstatement.

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