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Illinois DMV Learner's Permit FAQ

  • When can I apply for a permit in Alaska?

    In Illinois, to apply for a Learner’s Permit you must be at least 15 years old and you must be enrolled in a driver’s education program.

  • What are the requirements to get a learners permit?

    To receive a Learner’s Permit you must have written consent of a parent or legal guardian, you must be enrolled in an approved driver education program and you must pass a written knowledge test and a vision test.

  • How many questions are on the permit test?

    The test has 35 questions.

  • How many questions must I answer correctly to pass?

    You must answer at least 28 questions correctly to pass.

  • What steps should I take to prepare for the test?

    The key to passing quickly and receiving your learner’s permit as soon as possible is to study effectively. One of the best ways to study for the exam is to take multiple online practice exams containing real sample questions from the written knowledge test. Click on the link to test your driving knowledge by taking an Illinois practice permit test.

  • What percentage of people fail the permit test?

    Seven out of 10 first-time test takers fail the exam. Please be aware that should you fail many states require you to wait at least a day to retake the exam and may also charge a re-examination fee. To improve your odds of passing on your first attempt, take multiple practice exams that have been designed to mirror the actual Illinois drivers’ test.

  • How much does the permit test cost?

    There is a $20 fee.

  • Where do I take the permit test?

    Licensing drivers in Illinois is handled by the Illinois Secretary of State Office (SSO). To find a driver testing facility near you, visit http://www.cyberdriveillinois.com/.

  • What documents should I bring on test day?

    You will need to visit the local driver testing office with a parent or guardian and provide the appropriate documentation to prove age, name, residency and driver education enrollment. Then you will need to pass the written knowledge test and a vision test to receive your Learner’s Permit.

The Illinois DMV Learner’s Permit — What You Need to Know

Imagine getting your learner’s permit and finally having the freedom to go where you want, when you want.  The only thing standing between you and your permit is the Illinois permit test. The Illinois Secretary of State office (SOS) requires you to complete and pass a multiple-choice permit test before the state can issue you a learner’s permit. Its purpose is to verify your knowledge of the rules of the road, various road signs, and state specific traffic laws.  The test has been designed to ensure you have the information needed to be a safe and courteous driver.

Study Effectively With IL DMV Practice Permit Tests

The permit test turns can turn a lot of people into “nervous wrecks.” In fact, statistics have revealed that nearly 50% of test takers fail the exam.  You really want to take that chance?  Why leave the DMV office empty handed when you could start preparing now.

We’ve made the process simple. One this page you’ll find an excellent collection of study resources, including our free Illinois practice permit test. We also provide a copy of the official Illinois Driver’s Handbook. Interested in getting your motorcycle permit?  You’ll also find some great resources here to prepare for that exam too.

Everything you need to get started is here. Start preparing now!