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What driver’s education is required?

The Cooperative Driver Testing Program (CDTP) requires students to do the following before a CDTP certificate will be issued:

• You must complete a minimum of 30 hours of classroom study.
• You must complete a minimum of 6 hours behind-the-wheel training.
• You must receive a combined grade of A or B.
• You must receive approval from a parent or legal guardian.

All instructor-administered tests are approved and regulated by the Office of the Secretary of State.

What tests must I pass?
The Illinois Vehicle Services Department (VSD) requires applicants to pass the following tests when applying for an instructional permit or driver’s license:

Written Knowledge Test
• The written test requires you to identify traffic signs by shape, symbol or color, identify signals and pavement markings and be knowledgeable about the traffic laws, safety rules, accident prevention and vehicle equipment.

Vision Screening Exam
• You must be able to pass a vision-screening test with a minimum visual acuity of 20/40 with or without corrective lenses. Drivers who have an acuity between 20/41 and 20/70 can only drive during daylight. You must have at least 140-degree peripheral vision with or without corrective lenses. If you wear glasses or contacts, a restriction will be placed on your license. In lieu of taking the vision screening exam, you may submit a Vision Specialist Report completed by a licensed ophthalmologist, optometrist or physician dated within six months of your application.

Driving Exam
• Any new driver in Illinois may be required to take a driving exam. You will be graded on your ability to perform the following:

1. Start the vehicle and check the vehicle controls, including the mirrors and parking brake.
2. Back the vehicle approximately 50 feet slowly in a straight and smooth manner while turning your head to the right to watch out the rear window.
3. Turn-about using an alley on the left side of the street. Turn left signal on before turning into the alley. Back the car out of the alley and stay on your side of the street.
4. Park uphill on the side of the road.
5. Start uphill from a parked position.
6. Park downhill on the side of the road.
7. Start downhill from a parked position.
8. Control your vehicle by obeying all traffic signs and lane markings.