✅ Updated March 2021

Here's the ultimate guide to getting your driver license at the Illinois DMV. We've simplified the entire process for you so you can save time.

What You’ll Need to Get your Illinois DMV Driver License

You'll need the following documents to get your Illinois driver's license:


Illinois DMV Driver License: What You’ll Do

    • Step 1: Read the Illinois Driver Manual and take online practice exams to prepare for the written test (optional)
    • Step 2: Visit your nearest Driver Services Facility (optional: make an appointment!)
    • Step 3: Receive your Class D driver’s license via U.S. mail

Caveats and Exceptions to Getting your Illinois Driver License

    • Need to practice driving before the road test?  Then you first will need to apply for a Learner’s Permit.
    • Under age 18?  Then you will need to adhere to the Graduated Driver's License program, which requires first attending Driver’s Education and obtaining a Learner’s Permit.
    • Age 18-20?  Then you will need to complete an Adult Driver Education course before you may take the road test.
    • Failed the written or road test?  You will have two more attempts to pass within a year.


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