When a person is convicted of driving under the influence (DUI) of alcohol or drugs in Illinois, there is a mandatory period of driver’s license suspension. The convicted DUI offender is not allowed to drive a car or operate other vehicles for a certain amount of time. This suspension period can apply to commercial drivers, as well.
That being said, Illinois law recognizes that certain people need to drive for work or medical reasons. As a result, it is possible for a convicted drunk driver to receive a restricted driving permit (RDP). These permits allow a DUI offender to drive for approved reasons and under limited conditions.
Who is Eligible for an RDP?
As outlined by the Illinois Secretary of State, the offender must demonstrate undue hardship to be eligible for an RDP. Specifically, the offender must show that they need to drive for: