When CSE Suspends A Driver’s License, Can It Be Restored?


In November of 2008, I lost my job. At the time I was paying $500.00 a month in child support. Due to getting behind, Child Support Enforcement suspended my driver’s license which has limited my potential career options. At the moment, I have a part time job but my child support takes half of my 15 hours a week pay check. Is there anything I can do to restore my license?



You should have received a notice of your rights to appeal the decision to suspend your license, which the appeal period may have expired.  You have the right to seek a hearing to lift the suspension based upon your current financial situation and ability to make a payment plan.  You will have to follow the procedures set forth in the documents received with the notice of suspension to seek reinstatement of your license.  You may also be eligible to obtain limited driving privileges for employment purposes if necessary to obtain sufficient income to pay off the child support arrearage.  However, it appears you should also consider retaining an experienced domestic litigation firm, such as Cordell & Cordell, to seek relief regarding your past and current child support obligations.



Richard Coffee is a Litigation Manager in the Belleville Illinois office of Cordell & Cordell. He is an experienced divorce attorney whose practice is devoted to domestic litigation. He is licensed in the State of Illinois and is admitted to practice law in the U.S. District Courts for Northern, Central and Southern Illinois.

Mr. Coffee has extensive domestic litigation trial experience representing clients in courts throughout Illinois on all aspects of domestic litigation, including the representation of clients who are current or retired military personnel with issues under the Soldiers and Sailors Civil Relief Act and the Uniformed Services Former Spouses’ Protection Act, clients involved in state court jurisdictional disputes due to the relocation of one or both parties from or to Illinois, and clients with government or private pension benefit valuation and division issues.

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2 comments on “When CSE Suspends A Driver’s License, Can It Be Restored?

    Re: Response to McKalip
    McKalip must have a handicap (non physical) since he struggles with the concept of work. My advice; get back to work and quit dreaming about a court that will buy into this nonesense. >:(

    State of Illinois HFS
    In my recent experience in a hearing I was told that the state would not review my evidence, would not consider that past due support amounts were under appeal, and current support amounts were going be decided by a judge next month.

    I was told to pay 100% of back support or never drive again. It was also insinuated that support amounts and interest will build up while I can’t work due to no license and would soon be in jail.

    The state is god, they supersede actions in court, and what I thought were constitutional rights. They will deny you a fair hearing where you can present evidence like check fronts and backs that prove your innocence and will deprive you of a way to work until they throw you in jail, never being able to pay.

    It is truly the debtors prison abolished in most of the civilized world in the early 1800’s.

    Web site coming soon.

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