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Frequently Asked Questions
  • Applying For Your IL License
  • Preparing For Your IL Permit Test
  • Taking Your IL Permit Test
  • Preparing For Your IL Driving Exam (Or Road Test)
  • Taking Your IL Driving Exam (Or Road Test)
  • After You Have Passed The IL Driving Exam (Or Road Test)
  • Renewing Your IL Driver's License
  • What If You're Moving To IL Or Just Visiting
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Applying For Your IL License
When am I eligible to apply for my IL license?
In IL, the minimum age requirement to begin the licensing process is 15 years old.
What documents do I need to take with me when I apply for my IL license?
You will need to bring with your proof of your legal name, your date of birth, your residency in the state of IL, your Social Security Number and your written signature.
Where should I go to apply for my IL license?
To apply for your IL license you should visit your nearest Secretary of State office. You can find a list of available locations by visiting this website: http://www.ilsos.gov/facilityfinder/facility
Is there any way to contact the IL Secretary of State Office office?
Yes. You can contact your nearest SOS office by calling this number 888-261-5238. You can find a list of available locations by visiting this website: http://www.ilsos.gov/facilityfinder/facility
Who do I need to bring with me when I go to take my IL permit test if I am under 18?
If you are under 18, your legal guardian or parent should accompany you.
Do I need to my eyes checked before I can obtain a IL Driver's license?
Yes. You do have to complete a vision test in order to get your IL license. In some instances, you may be able to submit a vision specialist report form.
Where do I take my IL Driver's License photo?
You must take your IL Driver's license at the Secretary of State Office office when you go in to take your exam. When you take your photo, you should make sure that you wear what you would wear normally. It's extremely important that your face is clearly shown and recognizable. Look straight at the camera and do not smile, as a resting face is easier to identify.
Preparing For Your IL Permit Test
What should I use to study for my IL Permit Test?
The best way to study for the IL Permit Test is to read the entire Illinois Driver's Manual. Additionally, you can find quiz questions on our website that can act as a supplement to the IL Driver's Manual.
Do I have to enroll into a Driver's Ed. Class if I am under 18?
If you are under 18, you will have to attend and complete a Driver's Education course. If you are 16 or 17, you must complete your Driver's Education course before you apply for your road test.
Where can I find a copy of the IL Driver's Manual?
You can download a copy of the IL Driver's Manual by visiting this website: http://www.cyberdriveillinois.com/publications/pdf_publications/dsd_a112...
Are there any chapters of the IL Driver's Manual that I can skip?
To have the best chance of passing your IL Permit Test, you should read the entire Manual. The Permit Test will test your knowledge of traffic safety laws, traffic signs, signaling devices and many more topics that are covered in the IL Driver's Manual.
How many questions do I have to answer correctly on the IL Permit Test to pass?
There are 35 questions on the IL Permit Test. You must answer 28 of those 35 multiple choice questions correctly in order to pass.
Where can I go to take my IL Permit Test?
You will need to take your IL Permit Test at a Secretary of State Office office. You can find a list of available locations by visiting this website: http://www.ilsos.gov/facilityfinder/facility
Is there anything I should do the night before my IL Permit Test?
Don't cram the night before your exam. Instead, you should review the notes and information you have already studied. If you've done a thorough job studying, the night before should be a quiet review session. It's also a good idea to take a few practice questions on our website. Get a good night's rest as well.
What should I do when I am ready to take my IL Permit Test?
Once you have studied thoroughly for your IL Permit Test, you will gather the necessary documents (proof of your legal name, date of birth, proof of your IL residency and your Social Security Number) and visit your local SOS office to take your IL Permit Test. Remember if you are under 18, your parent or legal guardian should accompany you.
Taking Your IL Permit Test
At what age am I eligible to take the IL Permit Test?
In IL, the minimum age requirement to begin the licensing process is 15 years old.
What documents do I need to bring with me when I take my IL Permit Test?
You will need to bring with your proof of your legal name, your date of birth, your residency in the state of IL, your Social Security Number and your written signature.
How much does the IL License cost?
An IL license costs $30.
Who do I need to bring with me when I go to take my IL Permit test?
If you are under 18, your legal guardian or parent should accompany you.
What do I need to know to pass my IL Permit Test?
To give yourself the best chance of passing your IL Permit Test you should study all chapters and sections of the IL Driver's Manual. The exam will test your knowledge of speed limits, pavement markings, traffic signs, safety rules and more basic rules of the road.
How many questions do I have to answer correctly on the IL Permit Test to pass?
There are 35 questions on the IL Permit Test. You must answer 28 of those 35 multiple choice questions correctly in order to pass.
Is the IL Permit Test open book?
No. You are not allowed to use your IL Driver's Manual or any other study materials while you take your IL Permit Test.
Do I have to take a drug test to be able to take my IL Permit Test?
No. You do not have to take or pass a drug test to be able to apply or receive an IL Driver's License.
What happens if I fail my IL Permit Test?
If you fail your Permit's Test, you will be able to take it again as early as the next day. You will have 3 attempts to pass the Permit Test in a one year period.
What happens after I pass my IL Permit Test?
After you pass your IL Permit Test, you will be able to apply for your IL Driver's License. If you are under 18, you will need to maintain your permit for at least 9 months, finish your Driver's Education course and practice behind-the-wheel training for 50 hours, ten of which should be during the night.
Preparing For Your IL Driving Exam (Or Road Test)
How should I practice driving for my IL Driving Exam?
Before your IL Driving Exam, you should practice and develop a number of safe driving skills. You should feel comfortable accelerating smoothly and gradually, passing through intersections safely, change lanes effective, coming to a complete stop at stop signs and traffic signals, parking and parallel parking, maintaining the speed limit, staying in the correct lane and more. Remember during your exam, your primary responsibility is to demonstrate to your examiner that you know how to drive safely and effectively.
Where can I practice driving for my IL Driving Exam?
Anywhere in Illinois as long as you are accompanied by a licensed driver, who is 21 years old or older, whenever you are behind the wheel. You should begin practicing in familiar areas then progress to to different areas that will test your driving knowledge and your adaptability to different driving situations.
How can I schedule my IL Road Test?
You can schedule your IL road test by calling a SOS office or by visiting your local SOS office in person. You will need to schedule your exam well in advance.
Where do I take my IL Driving Exam?
You will take your IL Driving Exam at your local SOS office. You can find a list of available locations by visiting this website: http://www.ilsos.gov/facilityfinder/facility.
What should I expect on my IL Driving Exam?
You should expect to be able to demonstrate your ability to drive safely. You will demonstrate that you know that you should wear a seat belt, that you know how to start a vehicle, back up the vehicle safely, park downhill, obey traffic signals and much more.
Is there anything I should do the night before my IL Driving Exam?
The night before your IL Driving Exam, you should practice driving with a licensed driver who is 21 years old or older. You should make sure you get a good night's rest.
Do I need to know how to parallel park for my IL Driving Exam?
No. You do not need to learn how to parallel park for your IL Driving Exam, but it's a good idea to familiarize yourself with the technique in case it is necessary.
Do I need to supply my own car for my IL Driving Exam?
Yes. You must supply a vehicle for your IL Driving Exam that is in good working condition. The vehicle must also be properly registered and insured.
Taking Your IL Driving Exam (Or Road Test)
Does anyone need to accompany me to my IL Driving Exam?
If you are older than 18, a licensed driver who is 21 years old or older can bring you to your exam. If you are under 18, a parent or legal guardian should accompany you to your exam.
Are there any tips that I should follow to help me pass my IL Driving Exam?
Your examiner wants to see that you are capable of driving safely and effectively. During your IL Driving Exam, you want to make sure that you are not driving too quickly or too slowly; you want to accelerate smoothly and gradually, and you should keep your hands on the wheel at all times. Obey all stop signs and traffic signals, do not tailgate other vehicles and stay in the correct lane. You do not want to slam your brakes suddenly.
Are there any common mistakes that I should avoid making?
You should avoid driving dangerously, driving too quickly, hitting other objects, forgetting to signal, rolling stops, parking incorrectly and not listening to your examiner. Always maintain good posture and signal well in advance.
Am I allowed to wear my contacts or glasses?
Yes. If you wear contacts or glasses regularly to be able to see, you should most definitely wear your contacts or glasses for your IL Driving Exam.
Who is allowed to be in the car with me during my IL Driving Exam?
In Illinois, only yourself and the examiner are allowed in the vehicle during your IL Driving Exam.
What happens if I fail my IL Driving Exam?
If you fail your IL Driving Exam, you will be able to take it again in 7 days. You are able to take the Driving Exam up to three times in a one year period before you will have to extend your IL Learner's Permit. Don't rush retaking your exam. Listen to what your examiner has identified as your weaknesses and work upon improving those skills before you take your Driving Exam again.
After You Have Passed The IL Driving Exam (Or Road Test)
What happens after I pass my IL Driving Exam?
Once you have passed your IL Driving Exam, you will be issued your IL Driver's License.
If I am under 18 will there be any limitations on my license?
If you are under 18, you will not be able to drive between 10 PM and 6 AM on weekdays, 11 PM and 6 AM on weekends. In that initial year, only one non-family member passenger under the age of 20 is allowed in the car with you. Additionally, you are not allowed to use your cellphone while you are driving.
Are there any limitations on my license if I am older than 18 years old or older?
No. There are restrictions on your license if you are older than 18.
Do I need to get car insurance?
Yes. You must carry car insurance. You will need to carry $20,000 for injury or death of one person in an accident, $40,000 injury or death of more than one person in an accident and $15,000 damage to property of another person.
What documents do I need to apply for IL car insurance?
The documents that you will need vary depending on the insurance company to which you apply. Generally, insurance companies want you to submit proof of your identity, your driving record and information about the vehicle you would like to insure.
How much does IL car insurance cost?
The price varies depending on your age, your driving history, your car class, your location and other factors.
Why is car insurance more expensive for new drivers in IL?
New drivers and inexperienced drivers (especially teens) have a higher risk of being in an accident, insurance companies often charge more to cover them.
Renewing Your IL Driver's License
How do I renew my IL Driver's license once it has expired?
You are able to renew your IL Driver's License online (if your renewal letter states that you are a Safe Driver) or in person. If you have to renew your license in person, you will visit your local Secretary of State Office office and you will have to pay a $30 renewal fee.
Do I have to complete another vision test before I can renew my IL Driver's License?
Yes. You will have to complete another vision test when you renew your IL License in person.
Will I have to retake the IL Written Test when I renew my IL License?
If you are renewing your IL License in person, you may have to take another IL Written Exam.
What If You're Moving To IL Or Just Visiting
Do I have to pass the IL road test when I move to IL from another state?
No. You will not have to complete the IL Road Test, but you will need to take the IL Written Test. You have 90 days after you move to IL to get a IL state license.
Is my out-of-state learner's permit valid in IL?
Yes. IL will recognize valid out-of-state permits as long as they are valid. You will also need to follow IL laws and ensure that you are always accompanied by a licensed driver who is 21 years old or older when you are driving.
How long can I drive in IL with my out-of-state license?
As long as you do not become a IL resident, you are allowed to drive with a valid out-of-state license for as long as you like.
Am I allowed to drive in IL with my out-of-country license?
You are allowed to drive in Illinois with your out-of-country license for a period of one year. Question Category