Driving While License Suspended (DWLS)

Suspension of a driver’s license and privileges to operate a motor vehicle is defined under Illinois law as the

“Temporary withdrawal by formal action of the Secretary of a person’s license or privilege to operate a motor vehicle on the public highways, for a period specifically designated by the Secretary.” 625 ILCS 5/1-204.

The most common type of suspension occurs for conviction of three or more moving violations (for example, speeding) within a 12-month period pursuant to 625 ILCS 5/6-206.

A suspension may be distinguished easily from a revocation in that a suspension automatically terminates after a designated period of time, not to exceed 12 months (upon payment of a reinstatement fee), unless otherwise extended for driving while the license was suspended. 625 ILCS 5/6-303 (emphasis added to highlight distinction in terms).

Driving While License Suspended (DWLS) is a Class A Misdemeanor. The governing statute is 625 ILCS 5/6-303 which provides:

“Except as otherwise provided in subsection (a‑5), any person who drives or is in actual physical control of a motor vehicle on any highway of this State at a time when such person’s driver’s license, permit or privilege to do so or the privilege to obtain a driver’s license or permit is revoked or suspended as provided by this Code or the law of another state, except as may be specifically allowed by a judicial driving permit issued prior to January 1, 2009, monitoring device driving permit, family financial responsibility driving permit, probationary license to drive, or a restricted driving permit issued pursuant to this Code or under the law of another state, shall be guilty of a Class A misdemeanor.”


The range (maximum to minimum) of penalties for DWLS are up to 364 days in the county jail, fines up to $2,500.00, probation, conditional discharge or court supervision up to 24 months. In addition, you may be ordered to complete public service work, driver safety school or a combination of the above mentioned penalties.

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