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How to Get Your Illinois Driver License

Illinois Driver License Example

Are you ready to get your Illinois driver license? We’re Aceable: an Online Drivers Ed company here to help you get your license for the first time. We wanna make the driver license process as easy as pie, so we’ve laid it all out in this handy guide.

Illinois Drivers Ed Requirements by Age

Ages 15 to 17 & 2 months

You must enroll in Drivers Ed before going to the Driver Services Facility to get your permit. Unfortunately, you have to take it the old fashioned way, at a brick-and-mortar establishment. You’ll need to keep your permit for 9 months before you can apply for your restricted driver license.

Ages 17 & 3 months to 17 & 11 months

You don’t need to take Drivers Ed to get your permit, but you must hold it for 9 months before you can get your restricted license. At that time, you’ll be 18 and be required to take Illinois Adult Drivers Ed.

Ages 18 to 20

You don’t have to get a permit. You can start taking Illinois Adult Drivers Ed as soon as you turn 18. Lucky for you, you have options. You can take it in a classroom from a certified provider or you can complete the course online in six hours with us!

The Definitive Guide to Illinois Drivers Ed

Let’s talk more about the drivers ed process. Depending on your age, you have different options.

The Drivers Ed required for teens ages 15-17 is a 30-hour course, including 6 hours of behind-the-wheel training. For this you’ll have to go to one of Illinois’ certified brick-and-mortar (in classroom) providers. You must also complete 50 hours of practice driving, 10 of those hours being at night.

Your Drivers Ed school must be in the same district where you’re enrolled in school. Any school that provides 9th -12th grade education will have drivers ed courses for you to take.

  • In order to get your permit, you don’t have to have completed the Drivers Ed, but you must be enrolled when you apply.
  • If you’re 16, have had your permit for nine months, and have completed Drivers Ed, you can apply for your (restricted) driver license!

If you’re 18-20, you’re required to take Illinois Adult Drivers Ed. It’s a short, six-hour online course. You have to complete the course within 30 days of starting it, which shouldn’t be too hard. After that, you’re ready to bring your required documents to the Illinois Driver Services Facility and apply for that license!

Ages 21 and Up

If you’re 21+, the good news is that you don’t have to take Illinois Adult Drivers Ed, but we highly recommend it. You can get that next level driver status and one-up all your peers.

After Completing Drivers Ed

When you’re finished with Drivers Ed, your provider will notify the Illinois Secretary of State (ILSOS). Within one to three days, the ILSOS with email you a Certificate of Completion. You’ll need to print this out and bring it with you.

Obviously, if you’re over 21 and taking Drivers Ed for driving superiority, you won’t need to wait until you get this certificate to go to the Driver Services Facility and get your license.

Illinois Drivers Education Exams

To get your permit, you’ll have to take the written and vision tests. To get your license, you’ll have to take all three — the trifecta of driving knowledge.

The written test is made up of 35 questions – 15 sign identification and 20 true/false or multiple choice. You have to get 28 of these questions correct. If you don’t pass the first time, you get two more tries. So don’t worry bb, you got this.

The vision test is a simple test to verify you can see well enough to drive.

The driving test requires you to use a registered and insured vehicle. The tester looks at how well you can park, start, turn, back, and control your vehicle in various situations. Basically, all the stuff you’ve already talked about in drivers ed and everything you’ve been doing while you’ve had your permit.

What to Bring to the Illinois Driver Services Facility

To get your permit you need to bring:

  • Proof of Identity
  • Proof of Social Security
  • 2 Proofs of Residency (report card, school letters, etc.)
  • Proof of Enrollment in Drivers Ed
  • $20 Licensing Fee

To get your license you need to bring:

Once you pass that driving test, you’re officially a licensed Illinois driver! Congratulations! You’re ready to hit the streets (legally and responsibly, of course)!