New Pilot Program Provides Path to License Reinstatement for Those Unable to Pay Fees and Fines

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New Pilot Program Provides Path to License Reinstatement for Those Unable to Pay Fees & Fines

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Individuals throughout the country are unable to restore or renew their driving privileges based on inability to pay outstanding fees and fines. Unable to drive, this often prevents them from obtaining or maintaining employment so they can support themselves and their family, and makes it difficult for these individuals to get back on the road as fees accumulate over time. 

To combat this issue, Vice-Chair Mary Ross Cunningham and the Lake County Board, with support of its partners, have launched the new Road to Reinstatement Pilot Program, which provides qualified individuals the ability to get their driver's license renewed or reinstated.

Apply for the Program by the March 29 Deadline!

Interested individuals may apply for the program by following the three steps below. Applicants will be notified if they qualify for the program six to eight weeks after the documents are submitted.

  1. Complete the Personal Information Form and an Application for Waiver of Court FeesPrinted copies are also available at the Lake County Building, 18 N. County Street, 9th Floor, Waukegan, IL 60085.

  2. Obtain your Driving Abstract from the Illinois Secretary of State.

  3. Return the completed documents no later than March 29 by email to, or mail or drop off the documents to the Lake County Administrator's Office, 18 N. County St., 9th Floor, Waukegan, IL 60085.


This program will provide Lake County residents who are unable to pay an opportunity to reduce outstanding costs and get their license renewed or reinstated. 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 


For more information, including where to find the necessary forms, visit, or call 847-377-2929.

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