5 Steps to Getting Your Graduated Driver’s License

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We all know that the DMV can be an intimidating place to a new teen driver.  But obtaining a graduated driver’s license doesn’t have to be a scary process.  It can be swift and easy when following these 5 steps.


  1. Complete 30 hours of classroom instruction, 6 hours on the road with a driving instructor and 6 hours of in-vehicle observation (unless the student enrolls in a program with 8 or more hours of in-vehicle training whereby the observation requirement is waived. )
  2. Under a learners permit, you must complete 50 hours behind-the-wheel, 10 of which are completed at night, with a licensed parent or guardian of at least 21 years of age. You must have these hours logged and signed by the adult supervising the drives.
  3. Once you are 16 years of age and have had a driver’s permit for 9 months you may go to the DMV to test and get your graduated driver’s license. Before you can get started on the test, you must first present the following documentation: learner’s permit, driver education certificate for proof of completion, log of 50-hour practice drives, payment for $30 license fee and a form of proof of identity.  View the list of acceptable documents here.
  4. You will then be asked to complete a behind-the-wheel test.  You must have a properly registered and tuned vehicle for this portion.  Here you will be asked to perform practical tasks that were taught in the classroom such as: starting the vehicle, putting it in motion both forward and backwards, turning, parking in different situations, and obeying to traffic controls.
  5. Upon passing, you will get your picture taken, receive your graduated driver’s license and be on your way!


Remember, these are the rules for new teen drivers in the state of Illinois.  Different rules and conditions apply for those 18 years of age or older or out of state.

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