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Application for a Driverís License in Illinois

Learning To Drive

In Illinois, most young people learn to drive in high school or at a commercial driver training school licensed by the Illinois Secretary of State. Approved driver education classes include at least 30 hours of classroom study and six hours of behind-the-wheel training. Some high schools, community colleges and commercial driving schools offer classes for adults. To find out about classes and fees, call your local high school, school superintendentís office, community college or commercial driving school.

Instruction Permits

When you apply for your instruction permit, you must pass the vision screening and the appropriate written exam for the classification you are seeking. The behind-the-wheel exam will be taken when you apply for your driverís license. This booklet provides the information you must know to pass the written test on traffic laws and signs in order to obtain basic driving privileges. To drive larger vehicles or motorcycles, you must pass the appropriate written exam(s). This information is available in the Rules of the Road for Non-CDL Vehicles, the Commercial Driverís License Study Guide, and the Illinois Motorcycle Operator Manual, available at any Driver Services facility or in the publications section at www.cyberdriveillinois.com.

If you are age 15 to 17, you may receive your instruction permit only if you are enrolled in an approved driver education class. Your instruction permit must be used in the driver education class when an adult instructor is sitting beside you. You also may practice driving with one of your parents, a legal guardian or a responsible adult approved by your parents sitting in the front seat. This adult must be at least age 21, have a license for the type of vehicle you are driving, and have at least one year of driving experience.

After you have successfully completed the driver education class, you may continue practicing to drive with your instruction permit under the supervision of a responsible adult as outlined above. The instruction permit is valid for 24 months and must be held for at least nine months prior to obtaining a driverís license when you are age 16 or older. If you are 17 years and 3 months or older, you may apply for an instruction permit without taking a driver education course.

If you receive your license prior to the expiration of your instruction permit, you may not be required to pay an additional fee.

Completion of Driver Education Training

When you have completed the behind-the-wheel portion of driver education and your training was administered by your local high school, the Illinois State Board of Education will notify the Office of Secretary of State electronically that you have completed training. The Secretary of State will indicate this notification of completion on your driverís license record. To have the notation indicating completion placed on your driverís license record, you must have received a passing grade in at least eight courses during the previous two semesters. Any student under age 18 who drops out of high school cannot have the notation indicating completion placed on his/her driverís license record unless 1) the instructor has written verification of enrollment in a GED or alternative program, 2) the student has a GED, 3) the student, prior to dropping out, received passing grades in at least eight courses in the previous two semesters, or 4) the student has written consent from his/her parents or legal guardian and the regional superintendent. The local superintendent or chief school administrator may waive conditions deemed in the best interest of the student or dropout. Successful completion of driver education may be verified by accessing the Illinois State Board of Educationís Web site at www.isbe.state.il.us/students.

Applying for Your Driverís License

To apply for your driverís license before reaching age 18, you must bring your instruction permit and acceptable forms of identification, as outlined in the Driver's License Requirements section, to a Driver Services facility at the time of application. Notification of your completion date must have been received from the Board of Education or the Secretary of State and appear on your record before a license is issued. You also must present written certification from your parent, legal guardian or, if there is no parent or legal guardian, a responsible adult age 21 or older, that you have a minimum of 50 hours of behind-the-wheel practice time, including 10 hours at night, and are sufficiently prepared and able to safely operate a motor vehicle. Certification forms may be obtained at most Driver Services facilities, in the publications section at www.cyberdriveillinois. com, at high school driver education offices, at commercial driving schools and in the Secretary of Stateís Parent-Teen Driving Guide.

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Cooperative Driver Testing Program

High school students who successfully complete an accredited driver education course of classroom and behind-the-wheel instruction with a grade of A or B may not be required to take a duplicate road test at the time they apply for a driverís license. The course must include a minimum of 30 hours of classroom training and six hours of behind-the-wheel training. Each student also must pass a road test that meets minimum standards established by the Secretary of Stateís office, either during the driver education course or at the time of application for the driverís license. The program is voluntary, but school districts are encouraged to participate by contacting the Secretary of Stateís office.

The Secretary of Stateís office has established a procedure for spot-checking student applicants who qualify for the program. Students whose birthdays fall on certain dates are required to pass a road test administered at a Driver Services facility even though they may have taken and passed a road test conducted by their driver education instructor.

Upon successful completion of the driver education course, a student will be issued a Cooperative Driver Testing Certificate, which must be signed by the driver education instructor and the studentís parent or guardian. The certificate, which expires on the same day as the studentís current instruction permit and will not be extended, must be presented at any Driver Services facility at the time of driverís license application.

Driver's License Requirements

To receive an Illinois driverís license or ID card, you must provide acceptable forms of identification to prove name, date of birth, Illinois residency, Social Security number and signature for comparison. New residents must surrender any out-of-state licenses or ID cards issued prior to the issuance of an Illinois driverís license or ID card.

Acceptable Identification (photocopies not acceptable)

In an effort to prevent fraud and protect the identities of driverís license and state ID card holders, the Office of the Secretary of State verifies Social Security numbers with the Social Security Administration (SSA). Online verification of name, date of birth and Social Security number is required before issuance of new and renewed driverís licenses or ID cards. Renewal notices will indicate the need to bring additional forms of identification to complete verification of this information if the record has not already been verified with the SSA.

First-time Illinois Driverís License/ID Card Applicant Ė An applicant applying for a driverís license or ID card for the first time in Illinois must present one document from each of Group A, B, C and D. Temporary Visitor Driverís License applicants are not required to present documents from Group C. Instead, they must submit a letter on Social Security Administration letterhead, issued within 90 days prior to the date of application, verifying ineligibility for a Social Security number.

Duplicate/Corrected Driverís License/ID Card Applicant Ė An applicant applying for either a duplicate or corrected driverís license or ID card must present one form of identification from Group A and at least one form from either Group B, C or D. Temporary Visitor Driverís License applicants are not required to present documents from Group C. Instead, they must submit a letter on Social Security Administration letterhead, issued within 90 days prior to the date of application, verifying ineligibility for a Social Security number. An applicant who requests a change in name, date of birth, Social Security number or gender must provide acceptable identification to link the change between the previous information and the new information.

Illinois Driverís License/ID Card Renewal Applicant Ė An applicant renewing a current Illinois driverís license or ID card need only present his/her current valid driverís license or ID card. If the applicant does not have his/her current driverís license or ID card, he/she must present one form of identification from Group A and at least one form from either Group B, C or D. A Temporary Visitor Driverís License applicant renewing a current Temporary Visitor Driverís License must provide all ID documentation required for a first-time TVDL applicant.

NOTE: After review of all identification presented, facility management has the right to accept or refuse any document.

Group A Written Signature

†††††††† Canceled Check (within 90 days)

†††††††† CDTP Certification Form

†††††††† Court Order

†††††††† Credit Card (major brand@)

†††††††† Driver Education Certificate (Blue Slip)

†††††††† Government Drivers License

†††††††† Government ID Card

†††††††† Illinois Drivers License (current)

†††††††† Illinois ID Card(current)

†††††††† Medicare Card with suffix A, J, H, M, or T

†††††††† Military Service Record (DD214)

†††††††† Mortgage or Installment

†††††††† Loan Documents

†††††††† Out-of-State Drivers

†††††††† License/ID card (current)

†††††††† Passport (valid U.S. or foreign)

†††††††† Social Security Card

†††††††† U.S Citizenship and Immigration Services Forms

†††††††† I-551 (Alien Registration Card)

†††††††† I-688 (Temporary Resident Card)

†††††††† I-688A (Employment Auth. Card)

†††††††† I-688B (Employment Auth. Card)

†††††††† I-766 (Employment Auth. Card)

†††††††† I-94 (Arrival/Departure Record) with Valid Passport

†††††††† U.S. Military Driver's License

†††††††† U.S. Military ID Card

Group B Date of Birth

†††††††† Adoption Records

†††††††† Birth Certificate (must be original or certified by a Board of Health or Bureau of Vital Statistics within the United States or by the U.S. State Department, U.S. Terriories or Canada)

†††††††† Court Order (change of birth date)

†††††††† Official Grade School/High School Transcript

†††††††† Illinois Drivers License (current)

†††††††† Illinois ID Card (current)

†††††††† Military Service Record (DD214)

†††††††† Naturalization Certificate

†††††††† Passport (valid with complete date of birth)

†††††††† Social Security Award Letter (primary beneficiary only)

†††††††† U.S Citizenship and Immigration Services Forms

†††††††† I-551 (Alien Registration Card)

†††††††† I-571 (Refugee Travel Document)

†††††††† I-688 (Temporary Resident Card)

†††††††† I-688A (Employment Auth. Card)

†††††††† I-688B (Employment Auth. Card)

†††††††† I-766 (Employment Auth. Card)

†††††††† I-797 (Notice of Action Status Change)

†††††††† I-94 (Arrival/Departure Record) with Valid Passport

†††††††† U.S. Military Driver's License

†††††††† U.S. Military ID Card

Group C Social Security Number

†††††††† Illinois Driver's License Record

†††††††† Illinois ID Card Record

†††††††† Military Service Record (DD214)

†††††††† Social Security Award Letter (primary beneficiary only)

†††††††† Social Security Card (Issued by Social Security Administration)

†††††††† U.S. Military Driver's License

†††††††† U.S. Military ID Card

Group D Residency/Personal Data

Examples of residency may be, but are not limited to the following:

†††††††† Lease Agreement

†††††††† Utility Bill

†††††††† Vehicle Registration Card

†††††††† Voter Registration Card

Current forms of identification with an Illinois street address which do not appear on the list of unacceptable identification may also be used to verify residency. Documents listed in Group A, B or C and other forms of identification not listed as unacceptable may be used to verify personal data.

For a name change, the identification must be a document that provides a link to the established driverís license/ID file.

After review of all identification presented, Secretary of State facility management has the right to accept or refuse any document.

Group B documents must contain the applicantís full name and date of birth and must be verifiable. To be verifiable, it must be possible to contact the regulatory authority to confirm authenticity of the document.

@Acceptable major credit cards are American Express, Diners Club, Discover, Master Card & Visa.

A certified copy is a document produced by the issuing jurisdiction, which has an embossed seal or an original stamped impression.

Foreign birth certificates are accepted as "proof" if accompanied with any other item from Group B.

Unacceptable Identification Documents

†††††††† Bond Receipt or Bond Card

†††††††† Business Card

†††††††† Check Cashing Card

†††††††† Club or Fraternal Membership Card

†††††††† College or University ID Card

†††††††† Commercially produced (non-State or unofficial) ID Card

†††††††† Firearms Owner ID

†††††††† Fishing License

†††††††† Handwritten ID or Employment Card

†††††††† Hunting License

†††††††† IDPA (Public Aid) Card

†††††††† Instruction Permit/Receipts

†††††††† Insurance and/or Bail Bond Card

†††††††† Library Card

†††††††† Temporary Driverís License

†††††††† Traffic Citation (arrest ticket)

†††††††† Verification by Family Members (other than Father, Mother or Legal Guardian)

†††††††† Verification by Non-Family Members (other than high school driver education instructor or Secretary of State Personnel)

†††††††† Video Club Membership Card

†††††††† Wallet ID

†††††††† Unlicensed Financial Institution Loan Papers

Source: DMV


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