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How to Prepare for Your Secretary of State Hearing

If your license is revoked and you have had two or more losses of driving privileges because of DUIs, you will most likely be required to appear at an administrative hearing in Chicago, Joliet, Springfield or Mt. Vernon.

At that hearing, you will be required to submit an Alcohol/Drug Evaluation Uniform Report completed subsequent to your most recent DUI arrest by an agency licensed by the Division of Substance Use Prevention and Recovery (DSUPR). If your Uniform Report evaluation or the last updated evaluation is more than six months old at the time of your hearing, you also must submit a current updated evaluation. An updated evaluation must be completed by the agency that completed your Alcohol/Drug Evaluation Uniform Report or by the agency that completed your treatment.

The Uniform Report will place you at a specific classification level. Depending on the classification level, you must comply with additional requirements as explained below.

Minimal Risk

  • Must document successful completion of a DUI Risk Education Course.

Moderate Risk

    • Must document successful completion of a DUI Risk Education Course.
    • Must document successful completion of an Early Intervention Program on the providing agency’s letterhead indicating the number of hours completed, dates of involvement, a summary of what was explored/addressed and the outcome of your involvement.
  • Must document successful completion of any other substance abuse treatment recommended by a licensed evaluator or treatment provider.

Significant Risk

    • Must document successful completion of a DUI Risk Education Course.
    • Must document on an original Secretary of State Treatment Verification form successful completion of any substance abuse treatment recommended by a licensed evaluator or treatment provider, including: Individualized Treatment Plan, Discharge Summary, Continuing Care Plan and Continuing Care Status Report.
  • If treatment was not provided, must submit a treatment waiver prepared on the providing agency’s letterhead.

High Risk – Level III Dependent

    • Must document on an original Secretary of State Treatment Verification form successful completion of any substance abuse treatment recommended by a licensed evaluator or treatment provider, including: Individualized Treatment Plan, Discharge Summary, Continuing Care Plan and Continuing Care Status Report.
    • If treatment was not provided, must submit a treatment waiver prepared on the providing agency’s letterhead.
    • Must document complete abstinence from the use of all alcoholic beverages and controlled substances (drugs) by submitting at least three original letters, signed and dated within 45 days prior to your hearing,from individuals (friends,family,etc.) who can verify your abstinence from alcohol/drugs for at least 12 months if seeking reinstatement,but no less than six months for a Restricted Driving Permit. (Witness testimony is acceptable instead of letters.)
  • Must document the establishment of a support/recovery program (Alcoholics Anonymous, church, etc.) by submitting: (Witness testimony is acceptable instead of letters.) at least three original letters, signed and dated within 45 days prior to your hearing, from fellow members/participants, verifying your active involvement in your support program. If you have a support recovery program sponsor, you must submit an original letter from your sponsor documenting your active involvement in your support program, signed and dated within 45 days prior to your hearing.

High Risk — “Non-Dependent” (three DUI dispositions within 10 years from the most recent disposition)

    • Must document on an original Secretary of State Treatment Verification form successful completion of any substance abuse treatment recommended by a licensed evaluator or treatment provider, including:
      • Individualized Treatment Plan, Discharge Summary, Continuing Care Plan and Continuing Care Status Report.
    • If treatment was not provided, must submit a treatment waiver prepared on the providing agency’s letterhead.
    • Must submit at least three original letters,signed and dated within 45 days prior to the hearing,from individuals (friends,family, etc.) who can verify either your responsible alcohol/drug use pattern or abstinence for at least the last 12 months if seeking reinstatement, but no less than six months for a Restricted Driving Permit. (Witness testimony is acceptable instead of letters.)
  • Must submit an additional report from the treatment provider explaining why dependency was ruled out and the cause of your behavior that resulted in three or more DUI dispositions. This requirement cannot be waived.

Bringing the required documentation to the hearing is only the beginning. At administrative hearings in Chicago, Joliet, Springfield and Mt. Vernon you will be asked dozens, if not hundreds of questions. With the legal services of Johnson & Goldrich, you will know that your paperwork exceeds what is expected by the Secretary of State. You will also be thoroughly prepared for the questions that will be asked of you by us and the Secretary of State.

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