Are you wondering about the difference between a hardship license and a probationary license in Illinois? Have you had your driver’s license revoked due to a DUI or other circumstances? You may be eligible for limited driving privileges through one of these licenses.
However, it can be confusing to understand the requirements and limitations of each type of license. In this article, we’ll explore the differences between a hardship license and a probationary license in Illinois.
You might be looking to get your driver’s license reinstated. Or you’re an out-of-state resident with a “hold” on your license in Illinois. Whatever the case, this article will provide you with everything you need to know about limited driving privileges in Illinois.
What Is a Hardship License?
A hardship license is a restricted license that allows you to drive to and from specific locations. We’re talking about places such as work or school, during specific hours.
There are criteria to be eligible for a hardship license in Illinois.
You can apply for a hearing with the Secretary of State’s Office. There you can request a hardship license.
During the hearing, you will need to provide evidence of why you need a hardship license, such as proof of employment or school attendance. If your request is granted, you may be required to install a Breath Alcohol Ignition Interlock Device (BAIID) in your vehicle. This device measures your blood alcohol concentration (BAC) before allowing you to start your car.
It’s important to note that a hardship license is not available for all types of driver’s license revocations in Illinois.
What Is a Probationary License?
A probationary license, on the other hand, allows you to drive under certain conditions. For example, your license may be restricted to driving only during certain hours or only within a certain geographic area.
Like a hardship license, you may need to request a hearing with the Secretary of State’s Office to apply for a restricted license. The requirements for obtaining a restricted license may vary depending on the reason for your driver’s license revocation.
What are Illinois Laws Regarding Limited Driving Privileges?
Illinois law allows for both hardship licenses and probationary licenses. They are in place to help individuals who have had their driver’s licenses revoked. However, it’s important to note that these limited driving privileges are not a right and are only granted at the discretion of the Secretary of State’s Office.
In addition, driving with a hardship license or probationary license comes with strict requirements and penalties. If you violate the terms of your limited driving privileges, you may face additional penalties and the revocation of your license may be extended.
Consequences of Driving with a Revoked License
A hardship license or probationary license can help you get back some of your driving privileges. Yet, it’s vital to understand the consequences of driving with a revoked license in Illinois.
If you’re caught driving with a revoked license, you could face additional fines. You could also face jail time and an extension of your license revocation period. Plus, driving with a revoked license can make it even more difficult to have your full driving privileges reinstated.
How to Apply for a Hardship License or Probationary License
To apply for a hardship license or restricted license in Illinois, you may need to request a hearing with the Secretary of State’s Office. Remember to prepare for the hearing by gathering any necessary documentation.
Such documentation may include proof of employment or school attendance. You may also want to work with an experienced attorney who can help you prepare for the hearing and present your case to the Secretary of State’s Office.
How Long Can You Drive with a Hardship License or Probationary License?
The length of time that you can drive with a hardship license or probationary license in Illinois differs. It will depend on the reason for your driver’s license revocation. In general, you may be able to drive with such licenses until you are eligible to regain your full driving privileges.
Make sure to check with the Secretary of State’s Office about these matters. This way, you can understand the specific limitations of your limited driving privileges.
Can You Get a Hardship License or Probationary License if You Live Out of State?
If you live out of state but have a “hold” on your driver’s license in Illinois, you are not eligible for one of those limited licenses.
Try to speak with an experienced attorney who is familiar with Illinois driver’s license laws. This is the best way to understand your legal rights and options.
Get back on the Road
If you’ve had your driver’s license revoked in Illinois, it can be a frustrating experience. However, there may be options available to help you get back some of your driving privileges. Then you can work to reinstate your full license.
Are you interested in applying for a hardship license or a probationary license in Illinois? If so, speak with an experienced attorney who can guide you through the process. Contact John M. Quinn and Associates, Ltd. today for a free consultation and to learn more about your options for getting back on the road.