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DRIVERS TEST IN ILLINOIS

If you would like to obtain a drivers license in the state of Illinois, you must be properly prepared to drive on the road. For that reason, you must take and pass three drivers exams created by the IL Secretary of State’s Driver Services Department (DSD).

If you would like to obtain a drivers license in the state of Illinois, you must be properly prepared to drive on the road. For that reason, you must take and pass three drivers exams created by the IL Secretary of State’s Driver Services Department (DSD).

There are three types of exams and in order to obtain a driving license in IL and drive legally, you must take:

  • A vision test (eyesight examination).
  • A written drivers test (driving theory).
  • A driving skills test (assessment of your actual driving).

Vision Screening Test

Before obtaining a valid drivers license, you must first pass a vision screening test. This is a mandatory examination because every driver who operates a vehicle on the road must have good vision in order to watch the road, recognize the traffic lights’ colors, spot objects, road signs, other vehicles and pedestrians from afar and more. To get a drivers license, your eyesight examination must show the following results:

  • Your vision acuity minimum must be 20/40 (with or without corrective lenses); if your minimum acuity is 21/41 to 20/70, you are subject to daylight driving restrictions.
  • Your peripheral vision must be at least 140 degrees (with or without corrective lenses).
  • If you already wear eyeglasses or contact lenses, there will be a restriction stated on your drivers license and you are required to wear them at all times while driving.
  • For drivers who wear telescopic lenses, special requirements and additional eyesight examinations apply before obtaining a driving license.

Note: Eye examinations can be made either at the DMV or by a licensed ophthalmologist or optometrist who will sign a report stating your results.

Written Drivers Test

After you pass the eye examination test, you must pass a written drivers test. Basically, this is an exam to test your theoretical knowledge on traffic signs, signals, rules, regulations, laws, driving practices, general vehicle knowledge, equipment and more. The test is different for different types of drivers licenses, so drivers of buses, trucks and motorcycles will probably take a slightly different written drivers test. The IL DMV has prepared manuals to study from for the exam, provided by the IL DMV or readily available on the official IL Driver Services website.

Driving Skills Test

The last step to take towards getting your first drivers license is to pass the driving skills test which is essentially an assessment of your actual driving skills This includes everything from how you start the vehicle, how you check vehicle controls and adjustments, how you manage the vehicle on the road, whether you notice and respect the traffic signs and traffic lights, how you behave while driving to whether you acknowledge pedestrians and more. The vehicle you will drive on the day of your exam will reflect the type of drivers license for which you have applied.

Note: If you are a first-time driver, you are encouraged to take driving education classes or enroll in a commercial driving school in order to better prepare yourself for the official driving exams. These schools often offer driving classes where you can practice for the exam day at the DMV and pass it successfully.