This Step: Practice Driving
Practice Driving in Illinois
With an instruction permit, teens can begin practicing on the road. If you are enrolled in drivers ed, you cannot start the behind-the-wheel portion of your driver education class (and drive with an adult supervisor in the front seat) until you've earned a permit.
A) Get On the Road
Permit holders must clock at least 50 hours of behind-the-wheel training (including 10 hours of nighttime driving). If you are taking drivers ed, these hours must be completed in addition to your course training hours. You also must abide by the following instruction permit restrictions.
Instruction Permit Restrictions
With your instruction permit you can drive with a parent, legal guardian or responsible adult who:
- Is at least 21 years old
- Has a valid license for the type of vehicle you are driving
- At least 1 year of driving experience
During this Permit Phase drivers who are 15 years old also:
- Face nighttime driving restrictions―Sun.-Thurs.: 10 p.m. to 6 a.m.; Friday and Saturday: 11 p.m. to 6 a.m. (local curfews might differ)
- Must not get convicted of any driving violations during the permit phase of 9 months
- Have to keep the number of passengers down to one in the front seat and the number of safety belts in the backseat
- Have all occupants wear a seat belt
- Avoid using a wireless/cell phone except in case of emergency to call a law enforcement agency, healthcare provider or emergency services agency
Log Your Driving Practice Hours
You can conveniently track your practice hours with the state's 50-Hour Practice Driving Log (Form DSD X 152). Keep in mind, it's not necessary to submit this log when applying for a drivers license.
After you complete drivers ed (if required), you can continue practicing driving as long as you follow the above restrictions. You'll also receive proof of driver training completion. Once you are ready to take your road test, bring this behind-the-wheel completion certificate with you in case the state requires proof.