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Illinois Plans to Reinstate More Than 55,000 Driver’s Licenses

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IL defense attorneyContrary to what you may think, there are quite a few ways you can lose your driving privileges in Illinois, many of which have nothing to do with driving. According to the Illinois Secretary of State, a person can expect to have their driver’s license suspended if they have unsatisfied traffic citations, unpaid parking tickets, automatic traffic violations or toll violations or even if you have not paid child support. Losing your driving privileges is a very difficult situation for many families to deal with, especially if you depend on your ability to drive to get yourself to and from work. Because of this, the state has passed the “License to Work” Act.

“License to Work” Act is Signed by Gov. J.B. Pritzker

With the passing of the recent “License to Work” Act, the state will no longer take away the driving privileges of those who have not paid traffic tickets, parking tickets or other various fines and fees. Other non-moving violations are also being taken off of the list of reasons why you could have your driving privileges taken away. Violations that no longer result in losing your driving privileges include:

  • Being considered a “truant minor”
  • Failing to pay fines and fees that were ordered by a court
  • Failing to pay parking or tollway tickets, fines or fees
  • Being convicted of motor fuel theft
  • Being convicted of criminal trespass to a vehicle

Prior to the new law, 10 violations typically resulted in a driver’s license suspension.

Tens of Thousands of Driver’s Licenses to Be Reinstated

Another huge benefit of the Act is the ability for the people whose driver’s licenses have been suspended because of non-moving violations to have their licenses reinstated. Under previous Illinois law, you had to make sure all of your violations were paid and satisfied, fill out the appropriate paperwork and then pay an extra $70 fee for most reinstatements. The process was cumbersome and cost money that many people did not have. Under the Act, drivers whose licenses were previously suspended because of any of the mentioned non-moving violations will have their licenses automatically reinstated.

Are You Facing A Driver’s License Suspension? Call Our Skilled DuPage County Driver’s License Suspension Attorney

Driving is a privilege that many people take for granted, but some people rely on their ability to drive to support their families. If you are facing a driver’s license revocation or you have already had your driving privileges taken away, contact Myers Law LLC. Our skilled Oak Brook, IL driver’s license suspension lawyer can help you fight an impending license suspension or we can help you navigate the reinstatement process. Call our office today at 844-9-THE-LAW to set up a free 15-minute phone consultation.

 

Sources:

https://www.cyberdriveillinois.com/departments/drivers/losepriv.html

https://www.propublica.org/article/tens-of-thousands-of-people-lost-drivers-licenses-over-unpaid-parking-tickets-now-theyre-getting-them-back

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