Illinois driver's license

Illinois Driver License Denial

Denial is the temporary refusal of the privilege of applying for a driver’s license and, in certain instances, an instruction permit.

A denial can only be entered on the driving record of an individual under age 18 for conviction of one of the following offenses:

  • Mandatory revocation of driving privileges for offenses — A denial for these offenses prohibits individuals from applying for a driver’s license or an instruction permit until their 18th birthday.
  • Driving without a valid driver’s license or permit — Such a denial forbids individuals from applying for a driver’s license until their 18th birthday, while an application for an instruction permit is still allowed. If the person already has a driver’s license, the driving privileges granted by that license are reduced to an instruction permit.
  • Serious moving violation — The length of this type of denial is either nine months or until the person’s 18th birthday, whichever is shorter. This denial only forbids an application for a driver’s license. Instruction permit applications are still allowed. If the person already has a driver’s license, the driving privileges granted are reduced to an instruction permit.
  • Crash Involving Bodily Harm or Death — The Secretary of State’s office may deny issuing or renewing a driver’s license if the driver has been charged with an offense due to a crash resulting in serious injury or death of another. Alcohol need not play a factor in the crash.

See also: Revoked Driver License, Suspended Driver License, Cancelled Driver License, or visit our Driver License Laws archive for more information.

This article about Illinois Driver License Denial was last updated in 2018. If any of our information is incomplete or outdated please let us know. Thank you!