COMMUNICATION IMPAIRMENTS Persons with Disabilities
The Secretary of State’s Office offers driver’s license restrictions and an Illinois Department of Human Services (DHS) Communication Wallet Card to help notify law enforcement that a person may have difficulty communicating. Applicant’s may request one of the restrictions or the wallet card at any Illinois Secretary of State Driver’s License Facility. The restrictions and wallet card are available to notify law enforcement in advance that a person may require alternative methods of communication in order to respond to and communicate with an officer.
- Restrictions – A Medical Report Form completed by the applicant’s medical professional may be required to add a restriction to their driver’s license.
- J88 (Deaf/Hard of Hearing) – Indicates the person is deaf or hard of hearing and requires the use of alternative forms of communication other than speech, such as sign language or written communication.
- J89 (Aphasia) – Indicates the person has Aphasia, an impairment of language ability which may require the use of alternative forms of communication other than speech, such as written communication. Restriction requires a medical report form completed by the applicant’s medical professional.
- J91 (Mental Disability) – Indicates the person has a mental disability. Restriction requires a medical report form completed by the applicant’s medical professional.
- DHS Communication Wallet Card – Persons entitled to a Persons With Disabilities ID Card may be eligible to receive an additional wallet card with information about their disability. The wallet card is available to persons with a Type 2 (developmental) or Type 5 (mental) disability. An Application for an Illinois Person with a Disability Identification Card form completed by the applicant’s medical professional indicating a Type 2 or Type 5 disability is required to receive the wallet card.