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Adult Driver Education FAQs

Do I need to take the Adult Driver Education Course to obtain my driver’s license?
You MUST take a six (6) hour Adult Driver Education Course to obtain an Illinois driver’s license if all three of the following points are accurate:

Why do I have to take the Adult Driver Education Course?
On July 1, 2014, a new law went into effect that requires new driver’s license applicants to successfully complete an Adult Driver Education Course prior to applying for an Illinois driver’s license if no qualifying driver education course had been completed prior to age 18.

How long does the course take and what materials are covered?
The course is at least six (6) hours in length (may vary by provider) and covers a variety of traffic safety topics including but not limited to current traffic laws; highway signs, signals and markings; issues commonly associated with motor vehicle crashes such as poor decision-making, risk taking, impaired driving, driver distraction including use of cell phones and text messaging, speed, failure to use a safety belt, driving at night, and failure to yield the right-of-way. The six hour course is composed of classroom time or computer online time only. It does not include, and is not required to include, any behind-the-wheel training.

Does the Adult Driver Education course also require behind-the-wheel training?
No. Illinois law requires the six-hour course only. However, you are encouraged to have at least 50 hours of practice behind-the-wheel training, including at least 10 hours of night driving, before obtaining your Illinois driver’s license. As with all applicants, you must still pass the behind the wheel component of the driving test when applying for your license at the Secretary of State drivers facility.

Is there a cost for the Adult Driver Education Course?
The costs associated with the Adult Driver Education Course are determined by the provider you select for the course. The webpage of the specific certified provider you select should have their costs clearly noted.

How do I know which provider to select from your webpage?
Each provider listed on the Secretary of State’s webpage has been certified by the Secretary of State’s Office. In order to be certified they must submit specific information to the office, including a course curriculum, for approval. Once approved, they are listed on the Secretary of State’s webpage.

Can I select a commercial driving school that is not listed on your webpage?
No. Students completing a program from a commercial school program that has not been certified by the Secretary of State’s office will not be given credit for its completion by the Secretary of State and not be allowed to obtain an Illinois driver’s license.

Do I have to take the Adult Driver Education course if I took driver education in high school?
No. If an applicant provides proof of successful completion of a high school driver education program to the Secretary of State’s Office, they will be allowed to apply for an Illinois driver’s license without taking the Adult Driver Education Course. Acceptable proof would be a certified transcript from your high school showing a passing grade.

I took high school driver education but never obtained a driver’s license and I was living in another state at the time. Will the Secretary of State’s Office let me apply for an Illinois driver’s license without taking the Adult Driver Education Course?
Yes. If you can show proof that you took a high school driver education course in another state, you will be allowed to apply for an Illinois driver’s license without taking the Adult Driver Education Course. Acceptable proof would be a certified transcript from your high school showing a passing grade.

The Secretary of State’s website shows that some of the certified Adult Driver Education Course providers offer a classroom course, an online course or both. Does it make a difference whether I take the course in a classroom or online?
No. An applicant can take either a classroom or online course.

Do I have to take any type of test when I take the Adult Driver Education course?
Yes. The provider requires a written test at the end of the six hour course to ensure successful completion of the course itself. You must take and successfully complete the test. This is prior to written testing and behind the wheel testing at the Secretary of State’s Driver Services Facility that occurs when you actually apply for your driver’s license.

Does the test I take during the Adult Driver Education Course mean I don’t have to take the written test when I come to a Secretary of State facility to get my driver’s license?
No. An applicant will still be required to successfully complete all the proper testing when they come to a Secretary of State facility. These tests include a vision, written and behind-the-wheel road test.

I have successfully completed my Adult Driver Education Course. What happens now?
You will receive an e-mail from the Secretary of State at the e-mail address you provided to your course provider. This e-mail will include a link where you can download your Certificate of Completion. Once you have printed the certificate, bring your certificate to the nearest Secretary of State facility with your other required identification documents and complete the remaining requirements.

I have successfully completed my Adult Driver Education Course but I never got an acknowledgement from the course provider so I don’t have a Certificate of Completion. What should I do?
Contact your course provider and inquire.

Do I need to bring any other documentation to the Secretary of State’s office except my Certificate of Completion in order to get my Illinois driver’s license?
Yes. Because you are a first time applicant, you MUST bring all the required identification documents.

I am moving to Illinois and have an out of state driver’s license; do I have to take the Adult Driver Education Course prior to obtaining my Illinois driver’s license?
No. You will be required to surrender the out of state driver’s license and take the applicable test(s). No proof of having taken an Adult Driver Education Course will be required.

Do I need a Certificate of Completion for an Adult Driver Education course to apply for an Illinois Instruction Permit?
No. You will only be required to submit the Certificate of Completion for an Adult Driver Education Course when applying for the Illinois Driver’s License.

I had an alcohol/drug conviction and was required to attend a remedial driving course. Do I have to take the Adult Driver Education Course prior to obtaining a driver’s license?
Yes. This course is six (6) hours in length and covers a variety of traffic safety topics including but not limited to current traffic laws; highway signs, signals and markings; issues commonly associated with motor vehicle crashes such as poor decision-making, risk taking, impaired driving, driver distraction including use of cell phones and text messaging, speed, failure to use a safety belt, driving at night, and failure to yield the right-of-way.

Is there a phone number that I can use to contact the Secretary of State’s office for questions that are not included on this list?
Yes. For additional information, please call 847-981-7455.