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Illinois Drivers License

Illinois Drivers License

Illinois drivers license is the document that officially entitles you to driving all over the country. Read on if you require information on applying for, renewing or re-instating your Illinois driver license.

How to Apply for The License

The application process varies greatly depending on your current age. Illinois employs the graduated drivers license system, the program designed for the teenage drivers.

If you are under 18 years of age, you will be required to complete the Illinois drivers education class. The drivers ed class will teach you the rules of the road and will prepare you for your written permit exam.

Apply For Your Permit First

No matter how old you are, before you can apply for your drivers license, you will be required to obtain the Illinois learners permit first. You can do so by visiting your local Secretary of State office and taking your written permit exam there.

If you would like to prepare for your exam, you can go over some Illinois practice tests and the official Illinois drivers manual that is distributed free of charge.

Your First License To Drive

The permit is your first license to drive, but it does not allow you to drive unsupervised. The learners permit is only intended to allow you to practice your driving while being supervised by a more experienced driver. It has additional restrictions you may wish to know about.

Drivers License Test

If you have held your permit for at least 3 months, you may be eligible for your Illinois drivers license test. The test is administered at a local SOS facility and you are advised to call beforehand to check the schedule.

On your drivers license test, you will be required to provide proof that the vehicle is properly insured and is in a good technical condition. The examiner may refuse to give the test if your vehicle does not pass a basic safety inspection.

If you pass the test, you will be issued with the Illinois drivers license that is valid for 4 years. If you fail this test, you can reschedule it and take it another day. You have three attempts to pass the test, if you do not pass it from your third try, you will need to wait at a year before trying to pass the test again.