DUI disposition - conviction for driving under the influence, reckless homicide or fatal accident if alcohol/drugs were shown to be a factor; an implied consent or statutory summary suspension.
Consultation - the first step in applying for reinstatement of driving privileges or a restricted driving permit (RDP) after suspension or revocation. Consultation takes place with a hearing officer, who reviews the applicant's driving record and explains the documents required to apply for reinstatement of driving privileges or an RDP.
Denial - the refusal of any request for reinstatement or an RDP.
Eligibility date - a driver cannot be considered for reinstatement until the eligibility date, which is a predetermined period of time from the effective date of revocation or extension order, is indicated as "proj. elig." If proj. elig. is shown as N/A, consideration will not be given for reinstatement or an RDP.
Formal hearing - for a driver whose driving privileges have been suspended or revoked for an offense(s) involving a fatality or multiple DUI dispositions. Must be requested in writing.
Informal hearing - for a driver whose driving privileges have been suspended or revoked for an offense(s) not involving a fatality or for a single DUI disposition. Usually held on a walk-in basis.
Proof of financial responsibility - a requirement before reinstatement or issuance of an RDP. Methods include: certified policy of insurance, cash deposit or surety bond. Financial Responsibility Insurance must be filed with the Secretary Of State and maintained for three years. Standard automobile insurance is not acceptable. Coverage must be for at least $20,000 for one person killed or injured; $40,000 for two or more persons killed or injured; and $15,000 for property damage. Your insurance must be submitted on a SR-22 certificate. Any casualty insurance agent can explain this type of insurance to you.
Restricted Driving Permit (RDP) - partial restoration of driving privileges, which allows a driver to operate a motor vehicle in certain areas, hours and days for employment, medical or educational purposes. The driver must prove a hardship exists and submit proof of employment or need for medical care, or an educational verification form and class schedule from school. Drivers under age 21 convicted for DUI are not eligible for an RDP until one year from the effective date of revocation.
Revocation - loss of driving privileges for an indefinite period. A driver may apply for an RDP, but cannot apply for reinstatement until eligible. To regain driving privileges, a driver must meet certain legal and administrative requirements.
Reinstatement - full restoration of all driving privileges. Allows driving any time and anywhere, providing the driver has obtained a valid driver's license and is not suspended/revoked or withdrawn in another state.
Suspension - loss of driving privileges for a period of time, generally not more than a 12-month period. A driver may apply for an RDP to operate a motor vehicle during a suspension. Certain suspensions may not allow consideration for an RDP.