My driver's license was suspended for a .082 DUI. I am not clear on how to find out how much longer it is suspended for? I also want to know if when suspension is over, do I get the license mailed back to me or do I need to pick it up at the Illinois DMV? Thanks!
How long your license is suspended by the Secretary of State depends on a variety of things, including your history and the specific facts of your DUI. Your license is not automatically mailed back to you nor can you just got to a Secretary of State officer and get it. You need to complete the required paperwork and pay the required fees before the Secretary of State reinstates your driver's license -- and the Secretary of State processing your reinstatement paperwork can take approximately one month, so make sure you don't wait til the last minute. You can always call the Secretary of State and check the status of your license.
Your first step is to contact the Illinois Secretary of State Office with your driver’s license number handy and ask them about the status of your license and what needs to be done to get it back. Generally speaking, at the very least your license was suspended for the DUI for 6 months and you need to pay a reinstatement fee before the term of the suspension to get it back. Also, you will not get your license back until all of the fines, fees and costs are paid on your DUI. You should have discussed all of this with your attorney.
I believe your SECOND step would be to call the SOS. Your FIRST step would be to LOOK at the notice you rec'd from the SOS in the mail (not the handwritten one the officer gave you). That document will tell you when you termination date is. Then all you have to do is pay the reinstatement fee. If you've lost that paper, then you can get an Abstract from SOS or call.
Finally, you don't say what became of the underlying DUI. If you are convicted, the suspension becomes pretty much moot because you will be revoked.
You also probably have a lawyer for the DUI so these would be great questions to ask your lawyer.
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Call the Illinois Secretary of State at 217-785-8619 or 217-782-6212 and request to be transfered to the driver's license division. State your name, SSN, DOB, dl number and current address and request your driving priviledges status update. The will tell you what you need to do to reinstate if eligible.
If your situation requires further legal assistance during a SOS hearing discuss your options with a knowledgeable traffic attorney.
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