A DUI arrest often impacts your ability to drive legally. If your 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If your license has been revoked, that’s a different process. You will need to do the following:

  • You are required to 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.

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    Formal Hearing

    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. 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.

    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. 

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    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.

    • 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.
    • 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.
    • $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.

    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, North Aurora, Oregon, Rochelle, and Sycamore, IL.  Contact us today and let us help!

    What Our Clients are Saying.....

    My counselor Christine K. is very helpful, easy to talk to, makes me feel comfortable, gives great feedback!!!
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    stacie dishman
    16:30 20 Feb 24
    Dwayne at Braden counseling goes above and beyond to help his clients. He is very professional and his priorities are all about his clients. I honestly, have to say that Dwayne is an amazing person, and I truly value our working relationships.
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    Todd Friedewald
    00:31 12 Feb 24
    David was incredibly great. Most people would feel very closed out and possibly shy as a client. However, David made me feel very comfortable and was very helpful and detailed in conversation while being very professional. I left very satisfied and looking forward to his services!!! Thank you David keep being great !!!
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    Natalie Hernandez
    13:44 06 Feb 24
    Highly recommend!
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    Joseph Dolcimascolo
    02:12 31 Jan 24
    Braden counseling is outstanding in the work they do Paul has changed my life and helped me so much in understand myself better and transforming me into a better person all around I recommend this center and Paul to anyone keep up the hard work and dedication!
    Antonio Diaz
    Antonio Diaz
    02:14 24 Jan 24
    I appreciate the open dialogue allowing attendees to share their thoughts, which enriches the learning experience, but also to have the focused guidance of a counselor to ensure the point of topic.
    Joe Freehill
    Joe Freehill
    15:18 23 Jan 24
    Dwayne is awesome and a pleasure to work with! I will request him every time! Thank you, Dwayne!
    Jen Rupp
    Jen Rupp
    20:06 15 Dec 23
    Dwayne Johnson is very professional and understanding.. Great counselor.. very satisfying
    Eva Thompson
    Eva Thompson
    01:25 30 Nov 23
    I called so many other counseling office first, either no one answer the call or no confirmed days for class, with Braden, right away, walk me through the process, fees and needed information, able to set up appointment next day to do the testing and schedule me the class right way. very helpful, not like some other place asked me to fill out so many medical forms although just 10 hours DUI Risk Education.I am really happy with them, they are also not charge as much as other company.
    Lan Hankes
    Lan Hankes
    22:56 03 Oct 23
    Everyone was very professional and kind!
    Cody Neuschwanger
    Cody Neuschwanger
    16:49 18 Sep 23
    Worked with Dwayne Thomas at the North Aurora location and couldn't be more satisfied with the respect and understanding he operated with. Really knows how to connect and convey the right message.
    Bret Van Gampler
    Bret Van Gampler
    23:30 05 Sep 23
    Very friendly and did a great job.
    Matthew Quirk
    Matthew Quirk
    21:41 18 Aug 23
    I see Amanda Cimaglia and she is by far the most compassionate, respecting and caring counselor I've had. With all the craziness I'm going through she really keeps me grounded. Always listens to me and never ever rushes me but gives me time for her positive feedback.I've always had trouble trusting someone with my issues because I'd find out that the counselor did not go according to her perfession but listen to others to get something out of me. I never had once had that once with Amanda Cimaglia and she let's me work through things I need to at my own pace. And for that I thank her 😊 . She has my mental health at her best interest. Wish there was more counselors out there like her so others can have a safe spot to speak without judgment like I do.From the very bottom of my heart, thank you Amanada Cimaglia and Braden Counseling for having her on board. I'm sure all your staff and team members are just as compassionate ❤️
    Maggie Opiola
    Maggie Opiola
    19:52 26 Jun 23
    David Jones is an outstanding counselor. I feel very fortunate to have him as our Lead on Saturday Morning group sessions.
    John Boehm
    John Boehm
    06:31 24 May 23
    Staff was amazing. Everything was explained and all questions answered.
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    Wanda Sutton
    23:21 21 Apr 23
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    20:10 09 Dec 22
    Braden Counseling is a clinic we frequently refer to because of the clinical quality and comprehensive services. All interactions we have had with Braden have been very positive and helpful; excellent coordination of care.
    Maggie Miilano
    Maggie Miilano
    16:57 02 Dec 22
    Braden counseling is very good at what they do. They do great things. I’ve been through there system more then once, I recommend them all day every day. Take your pick. I’d say choose one these guys. Very friendly, never mess up and very interactive. If you need anything they are there. I have met a lot of the staff and they all are true and gifted. Thank you Braden counseling for your great works!
    Cody Bell
    Cody Bell
    23:02 21 Sep 22
    Dr.Braden is an incredible, sweet and motivating leader! I’m so blessed to have found her center to successfully get me through 10 years of care. Everyone should know if I overcame my many obstacles they can too! Work hard and put up a fight!
    Lisa Tegeler
    Lisa Tegeler
    00:19 29 Jul 22
    As an attorney, finding the right treatment center for my clients is critical to their success. I have been referring my clients to Braden Counseling for years. They are always hard working, professional, and accomodating.
    Brian Mirandola
    Brian Mirandola
    16:59 26 May 22
    I love my therapist at Braden, I always feel listened to and I look forward to my visits. All of the staff I've interacted with has been super friendly and helpful, and the environment is very calming. Best therapy center I have been to.
    Devon Buza
    Devon Buza
    15:25 25 Jun 21
    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.
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    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
    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
    Friendly staff, very professional and results driven
    Jeffrey Kerner
    Jeffrey Kerner
    13:53 01 Aug 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 🙂
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    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