Since January 1, 2009, Illinois has authorized the issuance of Monitoring Device Driving Permits (MDDP). An MDDP allows you to drive for any reason, at any time, for any distance, during the statutory summary suspension. The statutory summary suspension occurs if you refuse to take a breath test, or take the test and register above the legal limit of .08.
In exchange for receiving driving privileges, you must agree to have a machine that tests for alcohol installed on any vehicle your drive (unless it is your employer’s vehicle). The machine records the breath results and transmits them to the Illinois Secretary of State. You pay the Secretary of State to administer the program and you pay the provider of the machine to install, maintain and monitor the machine.
You cannot have an MDDP (or otherwise drive) if you have had a DUI arrest in the past 5 years. Even if you have not had a DUI arrest in the past 5 years, you do not qualify for the program if you:
1. Have an otherwise invalid driver’s license.
2. Were charged with a DUI that resulted in death or great bodily harm.
3. Had a previous conviction for reckless homicide.
4. Are less than 18 years of age.
5. Are convicted of the DUI. In such cases, you may have a Restricted Driving Permit hearing with the Illinois Secretary of State.