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Illinois Driver License Suspension

A suspension is the temporary loss of driving privileges. When the suspension is for a specific length of time, a driver may regain driving privileges after the suspension has ended and a reinstatement fee has been paid. In some cases, the driver’s license will not be returned until other requirements are met.

Offenses for which a driver’s license may be suspended include, but are not limited to:

  • Automated Traffic Violations — Failure to pay five or more unpaid automated traffic violations for violating a red-light signal or speeding or a combination thereof in a municipality.
  • Causing a Crash in a Construction Zone — Failure to reduce speed or change lanes in a construction zone, which results in property damage to another or injury or death of another.
  • Child Visitation Abuse – Suspension upon receipt of a court order indicating the driver has engaged in abuse of a child visitation order.
  • Drug/Alcohol Test Failure — Failure of chemical testing following a DUI arrest disclosing a BAC of .08 percent or more, a THC level of either 5 nanograms or more per milliliter of whole blood or 10 nanograms or more per milliliter of other bodily substance or any trace of a controlled substance, or intoxicating compound.
  • Drug/Alcohol Test RefusalRefusal of chemical testing for drugs or alcohol after being arrested for DUI in Illinois or another state.
  • Drug or Sex Offense — Committing a drug or sex crime while operating or in direct physical control of an automobile.
  • Failure to Appear Violations — Failure to appear in court for any traffic citation.
  • Failure to Obey a Railroad-Crossing Signal — Conviction of a second violation for failure to obey a railroad-crossing signal.
  • Failure to Pay Child Support — Suspension for nonpayment of child support resulting from a court order or by direction of the Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services.
  • Failure to Yield to an Emergency Vehicle Using Audible and Visual Signals (lights and sirens) — Failure to reduce speed and to change lanes away from a stationary emergency vehicle that results in property damage to another or injury or death to another.
  • Fraudulent Driver’s License/ID Application — Possessing, displaying or attempting to use an altered driver’s license or ID card; using another person’s license or ID card or allowing another person to use the license; or submitting a fraudulent application or allowing another person to submit documents for a fraudulent application.
  • Illegal Possession, Consumption, Purchase of Alcohol, or Accepting Alcohol as a Gift by a person under age 21.
  • Illegal Transportation of Alcohol — Illegal transportation of alcohol twice in 12 months if age 21 or older.
  • Illegal Transportation Under 21 — Illegal transportation of alcohol while under age 21.
  • Mandatory Insurance Violations — Failure to file Financial Responsibility Insurance (SR-22) after receiving court supervision for driving without insurance, or having three or more tickets for driving without insurance.
  • Mandatory Insurance Conviction – Driving without mandatory insurance.
  • Parking Violations — Failure to pay for 10 or more unpaid parking violations in any municipality.
  • Railroad Crossing Violation — Nonpayment of five or more violations.
  • School Bus Violations — Failure to stop for a school bus picking up or dropping off children, or failure to pay five or more violations of yielding to a stopped school bus when recorded by a camera.
  • Speeding in a Construction Zone — A second violation within two years of the previous violation of speeding in a construction zone when workers are present.
  • Theft of Motor Fuel — Dispensing motor fuel into a container or fuel tank and leaving the premises without making payment.
  • Tollway Violation — Failure to pay five or more toll violations and/or toll evasions.
  • Traffic Crashes — Refusing or neglecting to report a traffic crash.
  • Traffic Violations — Three traffic violation convictions during a 12-month period (If the driver is under age 21 at the time of arrest, two traffic violations within any 24-month period).
  • Unauthorized Parking in a Space Designated for Persons with Disabilities.
  • Uninsured Crashes — Being an at-fault driver in a traffic crash without insurance where damages are owed.
  • Zero Tolerance Violation — An alcohol violation by a person under age 21. Driving while a driver’s license is suspended or revoked will result in an extension of the suspension or revocation period and may subject the driver to a period of incarceration.

More information on actions that may cause the suspension or revocation of driving privileges is available in the Illinois Vehicle Code and our other articles.

See also: Driving with Suspended License Laws and PenaltiesDriver License Revocation, Driver License Cancellation, Driver License Denial, or see our Illinois Drivers License Laws archive for more information.

This article about Illinois Driver License Suspension was last updated in 2024. If any of our information is incomplete or outdated please let us know. Thank you!