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Illinois Secretary of State Adopts New rules that Will Provide Many Drivers with Restricted Driving Permits that will Substantially Expand the Limits of Permissible Driving

Beginning January 1, 2022, the Secretary of State has adopted new rules that will expand driving privileges for persons who have two or three DUI convictions. Under the current permits, driving is limited to specific purposes and specific days, hours, and distances.
The new rules will make an RDP available to drive 12 hours a day, 6 days a week and up to 200 miles for any lawful purposes. If a job requires driving more expansively, the Secretary of State will allow that to happen. A driver would have to show why not being able to drive within the 12 hours, 6 days and 200 miles would not accommodate employment or medical needs, if applicable.
Furthermore, individuals who have only one conviction and are eligible for full reinstatement but are granted a permit for one year also qualify for this new permit. Those who are not yet eligible for reinstatement, including those who are operating under an extended suspension for refusing breath testing, are also not eligible for the new permit.
In order the receive the new permit, one must visit an informal hearing officer in any city having an informal hearing facility. The person should bring a current RDP and a $5.00 check or money order to receive a “corrected permit”.  (The Secretary of State no longer accepts credit cards). If driving needs take one beyond the 12 hours days, 6 day and 200 miles, it would be a good idea to have a letter from that person’s employer justifying the need.
We have been told that the informal hearing officer will provide applicants with a sheet of paper that will allow them to leave that day with the new driving privileges. Please understand that this is a work in progress, as the Secretary of State did not give consideration on how to implement the new rules until the last minute so things could change.
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