In Iowa City, as in many college towns, there are large populations attending school from neighboring states. Iowa City, home of the University of Iowa, is the also temporary home for a large population of students from Illinois, and when those students face a charge of Operating While Intoxicated (OWI or DUI) in Iowa, they have special challenges in regard to their driving privileges.
When an Illinois resident gets an OWI or DUI in Iowa, Iowa has no jurisdiction to take away their license, but they do revoke their non-resident operating privileges. Most Illinois residents have questions about what, if any, actions the Illinois Secretary of State will take once they have knowledge of the offense. While our attorneys are not licensed in Illinois and cannot answer questions regarding Illinois law, Donald Ramsell of Ramsell & Associates has granted us permission to post this link to an article regarding the effects of an out of state OWI or DUI for Illinois residents.
This article addresses the length of license revocations for OWI or DUI convictions, Restricted Driving Permits in Illinois, and the conditions for reinstatement. It’s designed to help Illinois residents prepare for the potential consequences of an OWI or DUI in another state.
Another concern for Illinois residents is how to lift the revocation of their non-resident operating privileges in Iowa once the revocation has been served. The reinstatement requirements in Iowa for non-residents after a revocation are as follows:
- Payment of a $200 civil penalty.
- Proof of completion of a course for drinking drivers on file with the Iowa DOY.
- Proof of completion of a substance abuse evaluation and treatment or rehabilitation services on file with the Iowa DOT.
- Waiver of SR-22 financial liability insurance on file with the Iowa DOT.