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Illinois Driver License Revocation

A revocation is the indefinite withdrawal of driving privileges by the Secretary of State’s office. To regain driving privileges, a driver may be eligible to reapply for a license after a minimum of one year, unless otherwise noted.

The Secretary of State’s office has the authority to revoke the driver’s license of a repeat traffic offender. During the course of any revocation, a driver’s vehicle registration may be suspended and notice is given accordingly.

The Secretary of State will immediately revoke the driving privileges of anyone who is convicted of a moving violation that caused a crash and resulted in the death of another person.

Other offenses for which a driver’s license may be revoked include, but are not limited to:

  • Aggravated DUI — Causing personal injury or death as a result of a DUI; having a prior conviction of reckless homicide or aggravated DUI involving a death and committing a DUI; receiving a third or subsequent DUI conviction; committing a DUI without a valid license, permit or vehicle insurance; or committing a DUI violation while transporting children on a school bus.
  • Aggravated Fleeing the Police — Driving away from the police when directed to stop.
  • Aggravated Reckless Driving — Driving resulting in great bodily harm, permanent disability or disfigurement to another person.
  • Auto Theft — Stealing a motor vehicle or motor vehicle parts.
  • Drag Racing or Street Racing — Illegally racing with another vehicle.
  • DUI — Driving under the influence of alcohol, cannabis, other drugs and/or intoxicating compounds.
  • Felony Offense — Using a vehicle while committing a serious crime.
  • Fraudulent ID — Making or possessing the equipment to make, sell, use, attempt to use or assist another in using an unauthorized, non-governmental issued ID or driver’s license.
  • Gang-related Activity — A gang-related offense involving the use of a vehicle or an Illinois driver’s license.
  • Leaving the Scene — Leaving the scene of a crash that killed or injured someone.
  • Perjury — Giving false information to the Secretary of State.
  • Reckless Conduct — Reckless behavior involving a vehicle and resulting in injury or danger to another person.
  • Reckless Driving — Conviction of three reckless driving offenses in 12 months or driving that results in great bodily harm, permanent disability or disfigurement to another person.
  • Reckless Homicide — Driving recklessly, resulting in the death of another person.

Learn more: Driver License Cancellation, Driver License Suspension, Driver License Denial, or see our Illinois Driver’s License Laws archive for more information.

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