A DUI arrest often impacts your ability to drive legally. If you license is suspended, you don’t need to schedule a hearing with the driver’s facility and only pay a reinstatement fee. It is suggested you send in your fee 45 days before the date you are scheduled to get your driving privileges back. Remember, just because you have sent in your fee, and the date you are able to drive has come, you are not legal until you receive notification from the Secretary of State that you are . You also don’t need to finish your court requirements in order to drive again. The court process and that of the Secretary of State are totally separate.

If you license has been revoked, that’s a different process. You will be required have a hearing with the Hearing Officer. An Informal Hearing is necessary if you have only been arrested for DUI or had a Statutory Summary of Suspension once. You will need to complete the majority of your treatment in order for your driving privileges to be reinstated. The Informal Hearings take place at the local Drivers License Facility where you will meet with a Hearing Officer. Most Drivers License Facilities do not have a Hearing Officer available every day to make sure to check before you go. They usually don’t take appointments either so typically first thing in the morning or right after lunch are best.

If you have been arrested for DUI twice or have had two Statutory Summary of Suspensions or more, you will need to attend a Formal Hearing. These are held at a limited number of locations and require you apply by mail for a hearing date. We have the forms you need to send in for this in the office. There is a $50 fee to have a hearing, which you send in with the request. It can take 3-6 weeks from the time you send in your request to the time you get a hearing date. The hearing date is often 3-6 weeks from the date you receive the notice. If you need help deciding when to send in your request, just ask us.

At Formal Hearing, you will need to have the majority of your treatment completed to have your license reinstated. It is possible to have your treatment completed and be in the process of finishing your continuing care when you go for your hearing. If you were classified as substance dependent, the Hearing Officer will require you are sober for 12 months, have a support network, and bring additional supporting documents related to your support network.

If you need to go to hearing, there are several documents you will need to take with you. Some of these you may have from when you did treatment, and others will need to be created. For example, your DUI evaluation is only valid for 6 moths and then needs to be updated. Every time you are denied reinstatement, the letter of denial you are sent needs to be addressed.

The license reinstatement process can appear very difficult. We can help take the mystery out of the process, and have for many who are now driving legally again. We have an outstanding reputation with the Secretary Of State and are very knowledgeable about what’s required. We can work with you to get the documents you need and share how to prepare for Hearing.

License Reinstatement after Suspension or Revocation in Illinois

At Braden Counseling Center, we work with you, and legal experts who know what is required of you, if you have had the Secretary of State revoke your driver’s license after being convicted of driving under the influence (DUI, DWI or drunk driving). After getting a DUI license reinstatement can be a difficult process. We can guide you through step by step.

Informal and Formal Hearings

If you have one DUI arrest, depending on the circumstances, you may be able to have an informal hearing. If not, you will be required to attend a formal hearing with all that entails. Two or more DUI arrests usually require a formal hearing.

Whether you attend a formal or informal hearing, you will be required to have a DUI evaluation before your DUI case can be closed. The same holds true for the State of Illinois Circuit Courts.

At Braden Counseling Center, both DUI evaluations and DUI treatments are available at all five of our office locations. For those who qualify, financial assistance is also available.

DUI Assessment Appointment – Documents Necessary

The following documents must accompany you on your appointment. Bring them with you or have your attorney send them to us.

  1. Statutory Summary Suspension– Typically, this is given to you the same day as your arrest. If you were in an accident or had to provide a blood or urine sample, you may not have this paperwork yet. If this is the case, bring your police report to the appointment.  It provides the date and time of your arrest, your Blood Alcohol Content (BAC), and if you completed the test. If you refused to be tested, bring the documentation confirming the refusal.
  2. Driving Abstract for Court Purposes– This can be obtained from the Illinois Drivers Facility (Dept. of Motor Vehicles). There is a charge to get this document and you must go to the facility with identification to obtain it. You cannot use a driving record you get online or from the court.
  3. $100.00 Fee– If you think that you qualify for a reduced rate at the time of your appointment, bring proof of income or lack of income, with you to your appointment.Ask when you make your appointment if the program is in effect.

If additional information is necessary, you have 30 days from your first appointment with us to complete the evaluation, though it is best to complete it as soon as possible.

Classification Levels and What They Mean

There are 3 primary classification levels, and two of those have sub-classifications. The level you will be placed in is determined by your DUI Evaluation.

  • Level I applies in situations where you have one DUI arrest, unless you refused the breath test or took it, and registered between .15 and .19. If so, you are classified, at a minimum, to be a Level II moderate risk. If you have a Level I classification you are required to attend a 10-hour Driver Risk Education (DRE) course.
  • Level II moderate risk means a DUI Evaluation, completion of the DRE course and a minimum of 12 hours of early intervention alcohol education.
  • Level II significant risk means that you registered .20 or higher on the blood or chemical breath test (Breathalyzer). As a result, you must complete a DUI Evaluation, the DRE course, and at least 20 hours of alcohol treatment. Usually, this classification also requires aftercare.

Level III classifications have two categories.

If you have three or more symptoms of dependency, you must be classified as Level IIIhigh-risk alcohol dependent, regardless of the number of DUI arrests.

The second classification is Level IIIhigh-risk nondependent, which includes anyone with three or more DUI arrests within a 10-year period, with fewer than 3 symptoms of dependency as determined by one of our DUI evaluators.

Level III classifications require outpatient or inpatient alcohol treatment, or a minimum of 75 hours of intensive outpatient counseling. You are also required to demonstrate a minimum of 12 months abstinence from alcohol or drugs and prove that you attend an ongoing support group.

Driver’s License Reinstatement

If your license has been suspended, you pay a reinstatement fee to get your license, and your driving privileges back. However, you are not legal until you receive notification from the Secretary of State specifically granting you suspended license reinstatement.

In the case of suspension, the court process and that of the Secretary of State are totally separate.

Getting back a revoked license is a different process that requires a hearing with the Hearing Officer.  If you have only been arrested once for a DUI or had one Statutory Summary of Suspension, you need to complete the majority of your treatment program prior to your driving privileges being reinstated.

If you have been arrested for DUI twice, have had two Statutory Summary of Suspensions, or more, you are required to attend a Formal Hearing. These are held at a limited number of locations and require application by mail for a hearing date. 

What Braden Counseling Center Can Do for You

At Braden Counseling Center, we have the forms necessary to request a hearing. A $50 fee must be sent with your hearing request. It can take 3-6 weeks from when you send your request to the time you get a hearing date. The hearing date is often 3-6 weeks from the date you receive the notice.

We can help you with any questions you have about when to send in your request.

The majority of your treatment must be completed prior to your hearing. You should be finishing your continuing care. If you were classified as substance-dependent, the Hearing Officer will require documents related to your support network and 12 months of sobriety. If you are denied, the process starts again.

Trying to reinstate driver’s licenses can be difficult. Our staff is here to help you navigate this sometimes mysterious process so that you can drive legally again.

Branden Counseling Center has an outstanding reputation with the Secretary of State. We are knowledgeable about what is required and work with you to get everything you need to be ready for your hearing.

We have five convenient locations in Bartlett, Elgin, Geneva, Oregon, Rochelle, and Sycamore, IL.  Contact us today and let us help!

What Our Clients are Saying.....

Very professional and they were extremely nice, I'm happy with my choice of going threw Braden counseling center for my classes!
gage butts
gage butts
19:43 07 Feb 21
Amazing place
Ralph Burton
Ralph Burton
16:30 30 Jan 21
Braden Counseling’s staff is outstanding! The counselor conducted herself in a very friendly, courteous, and professional manner. I was treated with dignity and respect. I was put at ease and the evaluation went smoothly, and efficiently. I would definitely recommend Braden Counseling for all of your personal needs.😊
Gregory Link
Gregory Link
17:16 21 Jan 21
Excellent first visit with Dr. Braden.
Gary Duffett
Gary Duffett
21:18 19 Dec 20
My son liked his first visit and is open to going back again.
Veris Nicole
Veris Nicole
22:36 12 Oct 20
Very friendly and welcoming staff. Highly recommend
Jennifer Rosales
Jennifer Rosales
21:50 29 Jul 20
I could not be more satisfied with braden counseling with thier help. Very patient with clients in crisis and need of thier help.
randall nuckles
randall nuckles
15:12 09 Jul 20
I truly got the help I needed here and I appreciate all the staff member for making it a comfortable environment to feel free to talk about what's on your mind and making sure you get the proper help you need.
Majah’s Mayhem
Majah’s Mayhem
19:30 20 May 20
Not a recent time with them but ive been there for 6 or so years and loved them always helpful during trying times i greatly appreciate everything they do there.
Shawn Soby
Shawn Soby
21:28 09 Apr 20
Love the staff .. came here for help and they definitely made a point to take care of all my paper work I needed .. would highly recommend them mostly Nikki shes a great help with anything .. always so cheerfull here 🙂
miguel tovar
miguel tovar
00:58 17 Dec 19
All staff very nice, respectful, caring, patientWould definitely recommend
Zack Newby
Zack Newby
01:23 18 Nov 19
One word....AMAZING !Very Comprehensive and Professional service. I would Highly Recommend to any one in need.
Joseph Perry
Joseph Perry
16:58 10 Jul 19
Dr. Jane Braden was absolutely wonderful and help me though my whole dui process, made it easy and help me understand.thank you some much DR. Branden for everything, your the best !!!😜
Sean Battersby
Sean Battersby
18:46 12 Mar 19
Shout out to Nikki and Nicole. These special women are compassionate professionals and have earned my utmost respect. Braden Counseling is lucky to have them on staff. Also, Cindy at the front desk is amazing!
Angie Johnson
Angie Johnson
21:34 08 Oct 18
Friendly staff, very professional and results driven
Jeffrey Kerner
Jeffrey Kerner
13:53 01 Aug 17
Braden Counseling really cares about their clients! They offer discounts to military veterans which I believe shows their true caring nature! Its nice to have a local place for people to go for help!
Travis Velazquez
Travis Velazquez
22:27 12 Jan 17
Caring staff. Dr Braden was extremely compassionate and supportive during a difficult time. Recommend to anyone!
T Anderson
T Anderson
21:54 06 Apr 16
Braden Counseling center has the finest professionals around. I'd highly recommend their services should a need arise.
Ndisox
Ndisox
03:03 29 Mar 16
Braden Counseling is amazing! Very kind, very friendly staff. Treated me as though I'd been family. I'd recommend them to anyone!
Jessica jorgensen
Jessica jorgensen
22:34 24 Mar 16
They have amazing staff. They listen and help out so much I would recommend them to anyone .
Brad Jorgensen
Brad Jorgensen
22:33 24 Mar 16
The staff is very welcoming and friendly and professional when you walk through the door!! I had been dealing with some anxiety for some time.... I am so glad I went to Braden counseling my first visit there I felt a sense of being welcomed and actually listened to!! Needless to say when I walked out the door I felt a weight off my shoulders I haven't felt in sometime!! So thank you to your wonderful staff!! I would highly recommend Braden counseling to anyone who is looking for a great counselor to talk with and help with your mental health!!
Deborah Mccoy
Deborah Mccoy
19:00 24 Mar 16
I was an emotional wreck when I first went. I was nervous and probably not making a lot of sense. The staff seemed to understand and immediately put me at ease. By the time I left, life just didn’t seem so bad. Thank you Braden Center for being there.
Pam Pascolini
Pam Pascolini
15:57 24 Mar 16
The staff is friendly and courteous. I was amazed at how helpful they were. These people are top notch and very professional. I would highly recommend this office.
Tricia Hernandez
Tricia Hernandez
15:45 24 Mar 16
Braden Counseling Center has always been wonderful. Their front staff is very kind and helpful and Dr. Braden is nothing but professional during all encounters I have had with her. Their facility and staff care about providing quality services to their clients. I highly recommend them.
Amanda Poturalski
Amanda Poturalski
13:56 24 Mar 16
Would give this place more then 5 stars if I could. I Highly recommend them. Staff is amazing there and so helpful .
Master Shake
Master Shake
21:57 23 Mar 16
I highly recommend Braden Counseling. All the staff there is amazing and very sweet 🙂
Melissa Stathis
Melissa Stathis
21:48 23 Mar 16
Highly recommend this place. Very helpful and always courteous. Ms. Rogers is the best and has excellent skills with people to help them through a multitude of problems.
Sarah Schuyler
Sarah Schuyler
20:37 23 Mar 16
Amazing place! The counselors have helped me through some of my lowest points & the girl at the front desk, Cindy, is always super helpful, kind & courteous. Highly recommend!!!
Jennifer Alexander
Jennifer Alexander
19:54 23 Mar 16
I highly recommend Braden Counseling Center for all of you mental health needs! The staff is courteous, respectful and kind. Dr. Braden is one of the best clinical psychologists I have had the pleasure working with.
Wendy Hardesty
Wendy Hardesty
15:58 22 Aug 12