ILLINOIS SECRETARY OF STATE DRIVERíS LICENSE HEARINGS
Conducted by an informal hearing officer, these hearings are held at selected Driver Services Facilities. No appointment is necessary.
hearings may result in the issuance of a Restricted Driving Permit or full
reinstatement of driving privileges to someone with one alcohol-related offense
or sanctions related to lesser moving violations. The hearing officer submits
all documentation to the main office in
Informal hearings decisions cannot be appealed under the Administrative Review Law. Unfavorable decisions may be pursued further through the formal hearing process or through another informal hearing 30 days after the previous hearing.
A hearing officer presides at a formal hearing at which both testimony and documentary evidence, is heard. The officer is authorized to rule on all motions, administer oaths, subpoena witnesses or documents at the request of any party, examine witnesses and rule upon the admissibility of evidence.
Offenses such as reckless homicide and multiple DUI offenses are handled through formal hearings. An order reflecting the recommendation of the hearing officer and the decision of the Secretary of State is issued. Decisions from a formal hearing are subject to the Administrative Review Law.
A formal hearing must be requested in writing. Petitioners are eligible for a subsequent hearing four months following their most recent hearing.
All requests for a formal hearing received or postmarked on or after
is in accordance with Section 2-118 of the Illinois Vehicle Code and 92
hearings are held in four locations: