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Reinstatement of Driving Privileges/Driving Relief for Non-Illinois Residents

Out-of-state residents residing more than 30 miles from the Illinois border (based on the distance on a road atlas measuring the straight-line distance between the Illinois border and the resident’s city) applying for reinstatement of Illinois driving privileges may submit a Non-Resident/Out-of-State Petitioner Hearing Application by regular or certified mail.

Out-of-state petitioners residing within 30 miles of the Illinois border must attend a hearing in person, unless the petitioner shows good cause (i.e., economic, physical or medical reasons) for not being able to attend in person. For more information, please call 217-782-3943 or submit a written request for a Non-Resident/ Out-of-State Petitioner Hearing Application.

You also may fax a request for a Non-Resident/Out-of-State Petitioner Hearing Application to 217-524-7982 or mail to:

Office of the Secretary of State
Department of Administrative Hearings
501 S. Second St., Rm. 208
Springfield, IL 62756

Please provide the following information:

All Non-Resident/Out-of-State Petitioner Hearing Applications require a formal hearing and must be accompanied by a non-refundable $50 filing fee payable by check, money order or credit card to Secretary of State. Cash is not accepted.

Any written request received for additional or replacement Non-Resident/Out-of-State Petitioner Hearing Applications require a $9 replacement fee payable by check or money order to Secretary of State. Examples of requests for additional or replacement applications requiring a fee include, but are not limited to: not following directions when requesting or completing the application; address changes; postal return; lost or destroyed application; poor handwriting; or staining or mutilation of the application.

Section 6-208(b)4 of the Illinois Vehicle Code prohibits anyone with a fourth or subsequent arrest on or after Jan. 1, 1999, in any state, resulting in a fourth or subsequent conviction for driving under the influence of alcohol or other drugs; leaving the scene of an accident involving personal injury or death; reckless homicide; or any combination thereof, from applying for a license or permit. Both the Illinois driving record and a petitioner’s out-of-state driving records on the Federal National Driver Register Problem Driver Pointer System (PDPS) will be considered in determining whether there is such a fourth or subsequent arrest and conviction. If there is, driving relief is not available to that petitioner in Illinois.