This is a mess, and I agree it's unfair.
Times are tough, and these extra fees and administrative hoops states make you jump through become nice little state revenue producers. Illinois knows, just as you and I do, that it will probably cost you more in travel, time, aggravation and money, to try to resolve this than it will be to pay the $500 for an Illinois debt assessed retroactively because of a 22-year old Indiana conviction which you addressed and paid for back then in timely fashion.
You are going to need official proof that this crime was addressed and disposed of and that your license has been clear since 1987. As the DUI was an Indiana misdemeanor
, you will have to obtain this from the prosecutor's office. They can get the case from archives and draft you a letter on official letterhead and under an official seal that case was closed and your privilege to drive was restored 22 years ago. Then you would have to take that to the Illinois Department of Motor Vehicles, and attempt to have them lift the suspension. Once that is lifted, Indiana should simply let you apply for your license.
You have to clear up the Illinois matter in Illinois. You won't be able to do it by phone or mail. If they deny you, your remedy would involve hiring an Illinois lawyer. So you see where this is going -- deep into the heart of your wallet.
i wish there were some other way, but there isn't.
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