Though getting a driver’s license is an exciting experience, safety should always be the first priority. As a result the Illinois Secretary of State (SOS) implemented the Graduated Driver Licensing (GDL) program to help first time applicant become more responsible drivers. Under the GDL program, applicant must achieve number of milestones before they obtain their driver’s license. Getting your instruction permit or learner’s permit is the first step in the GDL program.
The validity of your permit varies depending on your age. If you are below 18 years, your driver’s permit will be valid for a period of 2 years and you must hold it for more than 9 months before you become eligible to apply for an initial driver’s license. On the other hand, if you are more than 18 years old, your learner’s permit will only be valid for 1 year.
After you have all the required documents and you are ready to take the written permit test, book an appointment with your local SOS office for the test. The written permit test/knowledge exam is composed of a number of topics which include Illinois traffic laws, traffic signs and signals, pavement parking, safety rules, crash prevention and vehicle equipment.
The Illinois driver’s manual or the Illinois Rules of the Road Review Course Workbook is a great place to start you testspreparations. The written test is based on information from the driver’s manual and therefore you will have everything at your disposal. However, reading the entire manual can be time consuming, in such a case you can opt for an online DMV study guides or an online practice test. They are a sure way to help you prepare for the exam because they familiarize you with the questions that will be set and also sharpen your knowledge. You have a maximum of three attempts to pass your written test in a period of one year.
In addition to passing the written permit test, you will also have to pass a vision test and pay a fee of $20. After passing the test, you will be issued with your leaner’s permit before leaving the SOS offices.