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Reinstatement of Illinois Driving Privileges for Illinois Residents Temporarily Outside Illinois

Illinois residents temporarily 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) for more than 60 days due to employment, education, family education, daycare or military, applying for reinstatement of Illinois driving privileges may submit a Non-Resident/Out-of-State Petitioner Hearing Application by regular or certified mail. Please note on the application that you are temporarily located outside Illinois due to employment, education or military.

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

Office of the Secretary of State
Department of Administrative Hearings
Howlett Bldg., 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.