In Illinois, you can apply for your instruction permit as early as 15 years old. Before you can submit your application, you’ll need to enroll in or be 30 days away from participating in an approved driver’s education course.
We’ll cover everything you need to apply for your instruction permit in Illinois, the restrictions you’ll need to comply with while you have this type of license, and how you can progress to your initial license in Illinois.
How to get an Illinois learner’s permit
To qualify for a learner’s permit (or instruction permit), you have to be at least 15 years old. As soon as that monumental birthday comes and goes, you can finally apply for your first driver’s license.
But don’t race to the DMV yet—first, you’ll need to enroll in or be 30 days away from actively participating in an approved driver’s education course if you’re between 15 and 18 years old. In Illinois, you can begin driver’s education when you’re 14, but you’ll need to be 15 on at least the last day of your course or you’ll have to take the entire program again.
You can head to the DMV once you’ve fulfilled the driver’s education enrollment requirement, but you’ll need to complete 30 hours of in-class instruction, six hours of behind-the-wheel instruction, and six hours of in-vehicle observation to graduate from a state-approved driver’s education program.
First, you’ll be required to submit a Secretary of State application. Your driving instructor can submit it ahead of time, or you can do it when you visit the facility. Either way, the application must be signed by your instructor.
15 of these questions will be about traffic sign identification, and the remaining 25 will be multiple-choice questions. You’ll need to receive at least 80% on your exam to pass and obtain your instruction permit.
Most driver’s education courses provide practice exams so you can brush up on your driving knowledge skills before heading into the final exam.
Illinois learner’s permit regulations
Once you’ve passed the exam, had your photo taken for your new license, and had all of your documents approved, you’re ready to hit the road with your new permit.
However, your Illinois instruction permit comes with some restrictions:
Before you can progress to your initial license—the step before a full driver’s license in Illinois—you’ll need to do the following: