If you have a DUI conviction, then the court will usually suspend your Illinois license. This means you cannot drive legally. This can be quite detrimental and inconvenient since driving is often an incredibly important part of your life. You have to drive to work, to the store and many other places. Luckily, there is an option called a restrictive driving permit.
According to the Illinois General Assembly, a restrictive driving permit allows you to have some driving privileges for specific reasons if your license is under suspension. The Secretary of State issues this permit and it is usually classified for only specific activities. This may include driving to and from work, medical appointments, school, support groups, court-ordered activities or daycare. You have to prove that you need the privileges by providing proof for the activity. For example, if you need to drive to and from work, you would have to give the court a verification of employment.
It is important to note, this permit is only given when there is no other alternative for you to get where you need to go. If there is a public transportation option, then the request for a permit will be denied. If someone else in your home can drive you, then your request is likely to be denied. It must cause a real hardship on you to not have your license and you must prove this. Being inconvenienced by not being able to drive is not a valid reason for a permit. This information is for education and is not legal advice.