Road To Reinstatement Pilot Program


Nationwide, individuals are unable to restore or renew their driving privileges based on inability to pay outstanding fees and fines. Unable to drive, this often prevents individuals from obtaining or maintaining employment so they can support themselves and their family. To combat this issue, the Lake County Board, along with the 19th Judicial Circuit, Lake County Bar Association, Lake County Circuit Clerk, Lake County Public Defender, and other partners are launching the new Road to License Reinstatement Pilot Program, which will provide qualified individuals the ability to get their license renewed or reinstated.

About the Program

This program will provide qualified individuals who lost their driver's license due to their inability to pay a fine or appear in court an opportunity to get their license reinstated quickly at little cost. The following traffic offenses will not be eligible for participation in this program:

  • DUI citations
  • Habitual/dangerous offenders/offenses
  • Felony cases
  • Child support suspension
  • Financial responsibility suspension
  • Insurance suspension
  • Toll violations
  • Unpaid parking tickets
  • Citations issued outside of Lake County 

Road to Reinstatement

Individuals participating in the program will follow steps to get their license reinstated:

  1. Screening days will be held by the Lake County Bar Association to determine if an individual is eligible for the program. Participants must provide an affidavit proving indigency and driving abstracts at the screening days for review. Driving abstracts can be obtained from the Office of the Illinois Secretary of State for a $12 fee.

  2. Court Call: Participants will continue in the program by attending a court date. Participants must pay all required fees/fines on the day of the court call.

  3. Reinstatement: Individuals will be able to restore their driving privileges following the court call and after all obligations are met.