Determine if you are eligible for a restricted driving permit.
There might be a waiting period before you can request an RDP. It could be anywhere from 6 months to 3 years. It all depends upon whether you have previous DUI offenses, how long ago the previous offenses occurred, and whether or not you took a breath or blood test at the time of your most recent DUI. If you are still within your revocation period (I.e., not eligible for reinstatement), you must have undue hardship in order to be entitled to an RDP.
Obtain a drug and alcohol evaluation.
You must obtain a drug and alcohol evaluation from a licensed evaluator. If you obtained such an evaluation at the time of your DUI and it is more than 6 months of age, it must be updated
After you obtain your evaluation, complete the necessary classes.
Your evaluator will determine your risk level (minimal, moderate, significant or high). Minimal risk requires you to complete a 10-hour drinking and driving risk education course. Moderate risk requires the 10-hour risk education, as well as 12 hours of alcohol information counseling. If you are significant risk, you must complete the 10-hour education course and 20 hours of alcohol treatment. Those identified as high risk must undergo 75 hours of alcohol treatment or an inpatient program, as well as have 12 months of no drinking and a support program, such as AA.
Gather your hearing documents.
For the hearing, you must provide the evaluation and any necessary updates to the evaluation. In addition, you must produce evidence that you completed the counseling hours as described in step 3. This proof consists of a driver risk education certificate if applicable, a treatment verification, treatment plan, discharge summary, continuing care plan and continuing care status report. Those of you who are high risk must also provide at least 3 letters from people who can attest that you have not used alcohol or drugs for at least 12 months before your hearing. As a high risk person, you must also provide at least 3 letters from individuals who can verify your involvement in an ongoing support program (AA or non-traditional) that gives you the foundation to maintain your non-usage forever.
Prepare for the questions you will be asked.
The hearing itself involves far more than handing in your papers and telling the Secretary of State you learned your lesson. The hearing is like a test that you answer out loud. You will be asked several hundred questions. Your responses must be consistent with the paperwork you provide to them so make sure you study and understand all of it. Once the hearing is over, you will have to wait 4 to 8 weeks for the decision.
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