Types of Restricted Driving Permits (RDP)
It is highly likely that the Illinois Secretary of State will choose to put you on a permit first, even if you are eligible for full reinstatement. For those clients that are not yet eligible for full reinstatement, a restricted permit or hardship license is the only option available. These permits are restricted in nature and they allow you to drive to work, education, family eduction, medical and even AA meetings if necessary. You must drive on this permit for 9 months before you are eligible for another hearing.
Hardship License Hearing Process
For those clients that are only eligible for a hardship license, the hearing process remains the same for all issues other than the extra hurdle of showing that losing your license has become a hardship on you and your family. While this seems easy to do, as everyone that can't drive obviously has some type of hardship. For this hearing, though, you will be required to show that there is no alternative to you driving like showing no public transportation is available, no family and friends are available or other coworkers, uber etc. Moreover, your inability to get to work or to get to work on time, has impacted you financially or you are at risk of losing your job due to the loss of your license.
Typical Hardship Situations
- Absent from work and or arriving late
- Missed overtime and advancements
- Told you will be fired for failure to get to work or arrive on time
- Disciplinary actions
- Missed Promotions or better pay opportunities
- Fired or failed to be hired
- Promise to hire
It is generally a good idea that a letter of hardship be submitted with your case. This will assist in adding credibility to your testimony.
If you need assistance or have any questions regarding restricted driving permits or hardship licenses, give your office a call at 815-740-4025. You can also reach out to us with the contact form.