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;
  • Out-of-State Packet: If the applicant lives within 30 miles of the Illinois border, the application process must occur at a Secretary of State facility. If the person lives more than 30 miles outside the border, the process of obtaining reinstatement in Illinois takes place through the mail with 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.

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.

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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.

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