Getting A Driver's License in IllinoisYou have to be at least 15 to be eligible for a driver's license in Illinois. You need to complete three (3) stages and each requires a parent’s permission if you just turned 15. At that point, you can get an instruction permit with written consent from your parents or legal guardians. However, you have to earn it by passing a driver education course, a written test and a vision test. Once you have the permit, you can drive, but only if you are accompanied by an adult who is older than 21 or a parent who has a valid driver’s license. Plus, they need to sit in the front passenger seat, not the back, and the vehicle should not accommodate more people than the number of seat belts it has. New or teen drivers must accumulate more than 50 hours of driving, as well as 10 hours of night-time driving before they are allowed to move onto the first phase of the licensing procedure. However, you cannot drive all day to make those up. According to Illinois law, drivers who only have an instruction permit cannot drive:
- Between 10 p.m. and 6 a.m. Sunday to Thursday.
- Between 11 p.m. and 6 a.m. Saturday and Friday.
- Their guardian or parent of the driver must certify they completed the aforementioned hours.
- They need to provide proof they completed a state-approved driving course, along with proof they graduated from an accredited high school or GED program.
- Their parent or guardian has to go with them to the Driver Services facility to sign a form confirming their consent.
- You need to pass a driving test.