• A first-time DUI offender may obtain an MDDP from the Secretary of State to allow unlimited driving during the statutory summary suspension. (A first-time offender is a driver who has not received a previous statutory summary suspension in the past five years, been convicted of DUI or assigned court supervision for DUI in Illinois, or been convicted of DUI in another state within 5 years.)
  • An offender must have a Breath Alcohol Ignition Interlock Device (BAUD) installed and maintained on any vehicle driven during the suspension period. An offender may drive anywhere at any time once the permit is issued and the BAUD installed.
  • An MDDP is not effective until the 31st day of the suspension.
  • A commercial driver’s license holder may not drive any vehicle for which a CDL is required.
  • An offender is ineligible for an MDDP if the driver’s license is otherwise invalid or if death or great bodily harm to another resulted from the DUI arrest.
  • An offender is ineligible for an MDDP if previously convicted of Reckless Homicide or Aggravated DUI that resulted in a death.


Cook County Driver’s License Suspension Attorney – Illinois DMV Hearing Lawyer

A DMV hearing is an order of discretionary action against an individual’s driving privileges. You have the right to a hearing before the department to contest the action. A person must request a hearing within ten days of receiving notice of the action against their driving privileges. We are here to help you with this legal matter. We have sample questions that the office is going to ask you, which will help you be better prepared and receive a favorable result.

At the hearing in Cook County, the driver is under the burden to present evidence, witnesses, and testimony to persuade the department to modify or rescind the action. Without legal representation, you are at the mercy of the court. Our legal representation will challenge the legal grounds for the action and will review and challenge the evidence of the department against you.


Statutory Summary Suspension Driving privileges may be reinstated at the end of the statutory summary suspension period. Before driving privileges can be reinstated:

  • Other suspensions or revocations on the driving record must be cleared.
  • A $250 reinstatement fee must be paid to the Secretary of State, $30 of which goes to the Department of Human Services, Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse to help defray the cost of professional alcohol/drug evaluations for indigent offenders.
  • If a repeat offender, a $500 reinstatement fee must be paid to the Secretary of State’s office, $60 of which goes to the Illinois Road Fund, $190 to the Drunk and Drugged Driving Prevention Fund and $250 to the General Revenue Fund.
  • Reinstatement of driving privileges becomes valid when entered on the driver’s record in the Secretary of State’s office provided the provisional termination date has passed.
  • Payment for the reinstatement fee must be mailed to Secretary of State, DUI Section, 2701 S. Dirksen Pkwy., Springfield, IL 62723. If paying by credit card, please call 217-782-3619.

Revocation (Including Statutory Summary Revocation) To have driving privileges reinstated, a driver convicted of DUI must:

  • Have a clear driving record other than the revocation sanction.
  • Undergo an alcohol/drug evaluation. If an alcohol/drug problem is indicated, proof of treatment must be submitted.
  • Complete an alcohol/drug remedial education program. Even if the evaluation does not recommend treatment, the driver is still required to complete a remedial education program.
  • Appear before a Secretary of State hearing officer. For a first offense, an informal hearing may be conducted by visiting a hearing officer at one of the regional Driver Services facilities. Multiple offenders must make a request in writing, pay a $50 nonrefundable filing fee and attend a formal hearing in Chicago, Springfield, Mt. Vernon or Joliet.
  • Demonstrate during the hearing that public safety will not be endangered if driving privileges are restored. The hearing officer considers the seriousness of the offense, the offender’s overall driving record, and the driver’s remedial efforts.
  • File proof of financial responsibility prior to reinstatement, pay a $500 reinstatement fee, pass the driver’s license exam (written, vision and driving) and pay the appropriate application fee.
  • Payment for revocation must be mailed to Secretary of State, Traffic Violations Section, 2701 S. Dirksen Pkwy., Springfield, IF 62723. If paying by credit card, please call 217-785-8619.
  • An offender requesting a formal hearing for reinstatement of driving privileges must pay a $50 nonrefundable filing fee when requesting the formal hearing.
  • A reinstatement becomes valid when it is entered on the driver’s record in the Secretary of State’s office.


You have the right to be legally represented by an attorney or other representation, at your own personal expense. Representation by an attorney may not be required by law, but it is your right to have professional advice during your hearing. Let us review the evidence against you and cross-examine the testimony of any witnesses for the department, and to present evidence and witnesses on your own behalf. Let Edward Johnson & Associates help you reclaim your Illinois driving privileges. We have experienced attorneys who consistently win administrative hearings and get clients their licenses back. Call now to fight to get your license back at Call 708-606-4386.

The Cook County Courthouses are located at:

17 N. State St. Rm. 1200
Chicago, IL 60602
(312) 793-3701

Chicago Heights
570 W. 209th St
Chicago Heights, IL 60411
(708) 481-9385

Chicago North
5401 N. Elston Ave.
Chicago, IL 60630
(773) 794-5822

Chicago South
9901 S. Dr. Martin L. King Dr.
Chicago, IL 60628
(773) 995-2617

Chicago West
5301 W. Lexington
Chicago, IL 60644
(773) 854-4812

595 S. State St.
Elgin, IL 60123
(847) 697-2105

54 N. Ottawa St. 4th Floor
Joliet, IL 60432
(815) 740-7166

837 S. Westmore St. B27
Lombard, IL 60418
(630) 629-1069

1227 E. Golf Rd.
Schaumburg, IL 60173
Woodfield Commons Shopping Center
(847) 619-3318

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