The steps to apply for your license will vary with regard to the type of license you’re applying for: Class D or restricted local license. IL Class D Driver’s License
The Illinois Class D license is the license most IL drivers need. It allows you to operate regular, noncommercial passenger cars and trucks.
To apply for a Class D license, visit your nearest Driver Services Facility and:
Present the required ID documents. These documents cannot be photocopies. The IL SOS provides a complete list, but be prepared to show: 1 document that satisfies Group A. This document must show your written signature, such as a canceled check or passport. 1 document that satisfies each of Groups B, C, and D. Group B covers your Social Security number, including your Social Security Card or military discharge papers. Group C covers your date of birth, such as a birth certificate or court order. 2 documents satisfying Group D. These documents prove your residency Examples include bank statements or credit reports. Pass your vision, knowledge, and driving exams.* The IL SOS doesn’t require driver’s ed but you can study for the written exam by reading the state’s driver handbook and taking a few practice tests. The IL SOS doesn’t require a driver’s permit first, but you can request one to practice if you want. Remember, new residents holding a valid license will likely not need to take the driving exam. Pay the applicable fee. See “IL Driver License Fees” below.
Your driver’s license is valid for:
4 years, if you are 21 – 80 years old. 2 years, if you are 81 – 86 years old. 1 year, if you are 87 years old or older.
*You have 3 attempts to pass your written and/or driving test(s) in a 1-year period.