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How long does a DUI stay on your driving record in the state of Illinois?


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From the information we have found, a DUI conviction does not come off of your driving record in the State of Illinois. A DUI stays on your driver's abstract for your lifetime.

The ILĀ Secretary of State (SOS) states that moving violations such as speeding, disregarding a traffic control light, improper lane usage, etc. remain on a driver's record for four to five years from the date of conviction. If the ticket forms the basis for a suspension or revocation, the information will be carried on your driving record for a minimum of seven years from the date of reinstatement.

Alcohol/drug offenses remain on a driver's record for a lifetime in Illinois according to the SOS.

The Secretary of State also notes that if you are convicted of a DUI, your driver's license and driving privileges will be revoked for a minimum of one year for the first offense, five years for a second offense committed within a 20-year period, 10 years for a third offense and lifetime revocation for a fourth or subsequent offense.

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However, if you are under age 21 at the time of the DUI conviction, your driver's license and driving privileges will be revoked for a minimum of two years for your first offense; a second offense will result in a license revocation for a minimum of five years or until your 21st birthday, whichever is longer; third offense a minimum of 10 years; and a lifetime revocation for a fourth or subsequent offense.

To see how long your insurance company can rate you for the DUI you can check with your insurance company to see how far back their "look back" period goes and check with the IL Division of Insurance to see what state law says about this situation.

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