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Out-of-State Driver's License Reinstatement

Non-resident violators who have experienced a DUI arrest in Illinois are subject to many of the same rules and driver's license reinstatement procedures as in-state residents. Out-of-state residents whom Illinois has revoked, however, face several additional challenges that require skilled attention in order to remove, quickly and efficiently, the hold that Illinois has on their license. Among these issues are:

  • Clearing the Illinois driver’s license hold: There are several circumstances in which an individual who resides in another state must apply to the Illinois Secretary of State for driving relief due to an Illinois revocation. Such persons must obtain a reinstatement order from the Secretary of State which clears them to obtain a license in their own state:
  • Included in this group are individuals who were convicted of one or more DUI's while living in Illinois. They now have an Illinois hold blocking them from obtaining a driver's license in a new state.
  • Another set of individuals whom Illinois is blocking from obtaining a license in another state are those who were convicted of DUI in Illinois while holding a driver's license from another state. These persons typically encounter a problem while attempting to renew their driver's license.
  • In another common situation, former Illinois residents, despite the Illinois hold, manage to obtain a driver’s license in a new state. At some point after having been licensed in that new state, and assuming they are in the clear to be licensed anywhere but Illinois, these former Illinois residents move to another state and attempt to obtain a license in that new state. They are told that they must surrender the license from the state they just left and then clear the Illinois hold.
  • Out-of-State Packet: Any person who resides outside the Illinois border may have an in-person hearing but also has the option of dealing with the process through the mail by submitting an "out-of-state packet". 
  • Affidavits, Paperwork and the Process Itself: The applicant is required to complete affidavits and submit other specific information. The Secretary of State is very particular about the information this documentation must include. In many cases, the Secretary of State may reject the submissions, setting off a series of paperwork cycles. The process can be slow and highly frustrating. It is never as easy as it looks, as the packet information is wordy, confusing and often seemingly self-contradictory.

If you have had your driver's license revoked in Illinois, it is important that you obtain the assistance of competent and experienced local legal counsel to help you navigate through the complex Illinois legal system as quickly and easily as possible. At Harvatin Law Offices, Springfield, Illinois, located a few blocks from the Secretary of State facility at which all out-of-state decisions are processed, we have helped many people from states all over the country remove the hold that Illinois has on their driver's license. We know the process and will work with you to ensure that your interests are served and your legal rights protected.

For additional information concerning out-of-state residents, please click here. or call 217.525.0520

We have the experience and proven results to help you with the paperwork and all issues pertaining to Illinois out-of-state driver's license reinstatement. Your license is too important to leave to chance. Contact us today so we can put our knowledge and experience to work for you.

Client Reviews
"I am so glad I was referred to Mr. Harvatin. In no time he took care of the problem. A bad informal hearing decision was amended in favor of reinstatement. When Mr. Harvatin speaks, the Illinois Secretary of State listens. You want him as your attorney." Pam
"I contacted Mr. Harvatin, with a lifetime suspension. He was accurate and followed thru with a vast understanding of the legal system. In less than 5 months license fully reinstated! Ethical, professional. 100% Recommended. God bless Ted and his team!!!" Mark
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