Illinois Special Driving Permits

An Illinois driver whose driving privileges have been revoked or suspended may be allowed to drive using special permits in certain cases. These permits are as follows:

  1. Restricted Permit
  2. Monitoring Device Permit
  3. Occupational Permit
  4. Probationary License
  5. Family Financial Responsibility Permit

Restricted Driving Permit (RDP)

Allows driving only during certain times and along specified routes for work-related or educational purposes, transporting a child in the home to and from day care or an acceptable educational institution, or to receive medical care or drug treatment. An RDP cannot be issued to a person under age 16.

Monitoring Device Driving Permit (MDDP)

Allows a first-time DUI offender serving a statutory summary suspension to operate a motor vehicle. The MDDP is needed in order for individuals to have a Breath Alcohol Ignition Interlock Device (BAIID) installed on their vehicle.

Issuance of the MDDP and installation of the BAIID allows drivers to legally operate a motor vehicle at any time of day or night as long as they do not consume alcohol prior to driving and do not tamper with the BAIID unit. An MDDP cannot be issued to a person under age 18.

Occupational Driving Permit (ODP)

Allows a professional driver whose license has been suspended for three moving violations to operate a vehicle in conjunction with 61 employment. To qualify, the individual must drive for a living. This permit does not apply to commercial drivers.

Probationary License

Allows a driver age 21 and over, whose license has been suspended for three moving violations in a 12-month period, to operate a vehicle during the period of suspension. The permit can be issued for no more than three months. This is issued in conjunction with a driver improvement activity that grants full driving privileges during a period of suspension for drivers ages 21 and over. The license may only be issued to a person suspended for three moving violations in a 12-month period and cannot be issued for more than three months.

Family Financial Responsibility Driving Permit (FRP)

Allows a driver whose license was suspended for nonpayment of child support or child visitation abuse to operate a vehicle. This permit is only issued following a circuit judge’s order or upon direction from the Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services.

This article about Illinois Special Driving Permits was last updated in 2023. If any of our information is incomplete or outdated please let us know. Thank you!