This Step: Get a Learner Permit

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    Get a Learner Permit in Illinois

    A) Ace a Few DMV Practice Permit Tests

    Take multiple online practice permit tests before you head to a nearby Illinois Driver Services facility to take your written test. Sample test questions cover topics you'll find on the actual Illinois permit exam.

    In addition to taking some practice tests, thoroughly study the driver’s manual and review your drivers ed course material. That way you will be prepared to pass the real Illinois written test with ease.

    B) Gather Required Documents and Illinois Permit Fees

    When applying for an instructional permit, make sure you have:

    In addition to passing the written test, you must also pass a vision screening test. You can also submit a Vision Specialist Report (Form DSD X 20) completed by a licensed optometrist, ophthalmologist or physician dated within 6 months of your facility visit.

    C) Take the Illinois Written Test

    Once you have all required documents and fees, head to an Illinois Driver Service facility to take your written exam. It will ask you to:

    • Identify traffic signs by shape, color or symbol
    • Identify signals and pavement markings
    • Answer multiple-choice and true/false question on Illinois traffic laws, safety rules, crash prevention and vehicle equipment

    Once you pass the written exam, you'll receive an instruction permit that grants you permission to get behind the wheel under specific supervision. If you allow this permit to expire, you'll have to pay the appropriate fee, pass the vision screening and written tests and provide proper identification documents.

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