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The Effects of COVID-19 on License Reinstatement in Illinois

Published on May 1st, 2021

Delayed Timelines

COVID-19 has led to many facets of society being put on hold. The Illinois Secretary of State closed in early 2020 due to the pandemic, which delayed many daily proceedings, from license renewals, to license plate sticker renewals, from taking place. This inevitably elongated the process for individuals stuck in the driver’s license reinstatement process.

For those awaiting the results of earlier Illinois driver’s license reinstatement hearings, they were forced to wait even longer when the pandemic hit, because there was no one at the Secretary of State to make decisions. Citizens who were at the beginning of the license reinstatement process were also forced to put off regaining their driving privileges. This is because there was no way to schedule administrative hearings.

When the Secretary of State reopened, all hearings which had been scheduled prior to the Secretary of State’s closing were pushed to the top of the priority list. This meant that those who had already been waiting to schedule a hearing since March were forced to wait even longer than they ever would have anticipated.

Not being able to drive, especially at a time when public transportation poses a serious health concern, can be devastating to people’s livelihoods. Fortunately, the Illinois Secretary of State extended expiration dates on some permits, licenses, and even when you had to renew your license plate sticker, but significant delays still caused many problems for Illinois citizens trying to regain their lost driving privileges.

Drivers License Reinstatement Lawyer in Illinois

If you are searching for a reliable and trustworthy license reinstatement attorney in Chicago, who will help you regain your driving privileges as soon as possible, look no further than Johnson & Goldrich, P.C. We will work to make sure your suspended or revoked driver’s license does not prevent you from exercising your driving rights in Illinois.

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