A formal hearing is required for a driver whose privileges have been suspended or revoked for an offense(s) involving a fatality or multiple DUI dispositions. A formal hearing request must be made in writing through U.S. mail. Faxes or e-mail requests are not accepted. Petitioners are eligible for a subsequent hearing 90 days after their most recent 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. An order reflecting the recommendation of the hearing officer and the decision of the Secretary of State’s office is issued. Decisions from a formal hearing are subject to the Administrative Review Law.
By law, a Formal Hearing Request must be accompanied by a non-refundable $50 filing fee in the form of a check, money order or credit card payable to Secretary of State. Cash is not accepted. Upon receipt of a Formal Hearing Request and the filing fee, a hearing will be scheduled and a Notice of Hearing will be mailed to the petitioner. If a request is received without the required fee, the request will be returned and a hearing will not be scheduled. Please provide the following information:
- Full name (include middle initial)
- Current address (include P.O. Box #, Apt. #, or Lot #)
- Telephone number (day and evening)
- Date of birth
- Illinois driver's license number or reference number (if available)
- Social Security number
- Year and state of last alcohol/drug-related arrest
- E-mail address (if available)
Formal hearings are available at the following facilities:
Howlett Bldg., Rm. 212
Springfield, IL 62756
17 N. State St., Ste. 1200
Chicago, IL 60602
54 N. Ottawa St., 4th Fl.
Joliet, IL 60432
218 S. 12th St.
Mt. Vernon, IL 62864
If you are not prepared for your scheduled hearing, you should withdraw your petition and submit a new petition and filing fee when you are prepared. If you notify the Secretary of State’s office in writing, at least five days before the hearing and withdraw your petition, an order of default or denial will not be entered against you and you will not be required to wait 90 days for another hearing. If you fail to appear, a default order denying your request for driving relief will be entered against you. Petitioners are eligible for a subsequent hearing 90 days after their most recent hearing.
If you do not speak or understand English, it is your responsibility to bring a language interpreter to your hearing. The interpreter cannot be affiliated with any of your evaluation or treatment professionals or with your attorney, if you have one. Failure to have an interpreter will result in withdrawal from the hearing.
Upon request, sign-language interpreters for the hearing impaired will be provided by the Secretary of State’s office at formal hearings. If you require a sign-language interpreter, special accommodations or need more information regarding accessibility, please contact the location where you want your formal hearing or call the Illinois Relay Services by dialing 711.
Please note that you must show photo ID upon entering state buildings. Acceptable photo ID includes: driver’s license, government-issued state ID card or FOID card. To obtain an Illinois ID card, please visit your local Driver Services facility. If you are unable to obtain a photo ID and your hearing has been scheduled, bring your Notice of Hearing and another form of ID, such as a Social Security card, voter registration card or credit card. Please notify the security guard of your hearing and every attempt will be made to help you gain entry to the building. It is the petitioner’s responsibility to bring documentation to verify identity.
For more information regarding a hearing for an accident without insurance, please visit the Safety Responsibility Hearings section.
An informal hearing is required for a driver whose privileges have been suspended or revoked for an offense(s) not involving a fatality, a single DUI disposition or for sanctions related to lesser moving violations.
An informal hearing is conducted by an informal hearing officer at select Driver Services facilities. Informal hearings are held on a walk-in basis, no appointment is necessary.
Informal hearings may result in the issuance of a Restricted Driving Permit or full reinstatement of driving privileges. The hearing officer submits all documentation to the main office in Springfield and a decision is mailed to the applicant.