When can a teenager get their drivers permit?
As soon as a person turns 15 years of age they can apply for their drivers permit provided they are enrolled in a certified driver's education course or are within 30 days of beginning a certified course.
How much classroom and behind-the-wheel instruction must be provided by a certified driving school?
The course of instruction required of each eligible student at the high school level shall consist of a minimum of 30 clock hours of classroom instruction and a minimum of six clock hours of behind-the-wheel instruction in a dual control car on public roadways taught by a certified driving instructor.
Statutory Citation: 105 ILCS 5/27-24.2
What is “observation time” and how much is required by students?
Observation time refers to that time during which a student is riding in the back seat of a dual-control vehicle observing instructions of the driver education instructor and procedures and techniques of the student driver who is participating in behind-the-wheel instruction. At least one but not more than three student observers must be in the car during behind-the-wheel instruction. At least one hour of observation time is required for each hour of behind-the-wheel instruction (a total of six hours).
Administrative Rule: 23 Ill. Admin. Code Part 252.20(c)(3)
Are teens required to drive a certain number of hours with an adult as part of the licensing process before they are allowed to receive their license?
Yes. A student younger than 18 years of age must complete 50 hours of practice driving, including 10 hours of nighttime driving. This practice time must be with a responsible adult over the age of 21 who has held their driver’s license for more than one year. The law requires a parent, legal guardian, or other responsible adult to provide written consent at the time of the application for a driver's license verifying that the applicant is sufficiently prepared and able to operate a motor vehicle safely.
Statutory Citation: 625 ILCS 5/6-107(b)(3)
What are the student eligibility requirements in order to take driver education?
Each student must be enrolled in high school and receive a passing grade in at least eight courses during the previous two semesters prior to enrolling in a driver education course. If a pupil is a freshman, school districts may count passing grades from the last semester of the student’s eighth grade school year.
Statutory Citation: 105 ILCS 5/27-24.2              Administrative Rule: 23 Ill. Admin. Code Part 252.25(a)(1)

Do I need to take the Adult Driver Education Course to obtain my driver’s license?

You MUST take a six (6) hour Adult Driver Education Course to obtain an Illinois driver’s license if all three of the following points are accurate:

  • You are 18, 19 or 20 years old;

  • You are applying for an Illinois driver’s license for the first time; and

  • You have never taken any type of driver education course in high school or through a commercial driving school.

Is there a phone number that I can use to contact the Secretary of State’s office for questions that are not included on this list?

Yes. For additional information, please call 847-981-7455.




Burgess Driving School is excited to announce the arrival of Mike Ott and Adam Singley to help make our teens and adults better, safer, and more complete drivers! 




A new class begins every 4 weeks.  Reserve a seat now!



Adult classes are currently on hold while we try to tackle the back log of teen classes.  Learn more HERE!


111 W. Washington St. Suite 220 

East Peoria, IL 61611

Tel: 309-670-0126


Office Hours:

Tuesday - Noon - 4pm

Thursday - Noon - 4pm

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