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Drivers Ed Curriculum

All Illinois driver's ed classes must include 30 hours of classroom time. Illinois driver's ed classes cover all the basics of driving: how to start, stop and turn safely, proper signaling, and Illinois traffic laws. In addition, the Secretary of State requires that Illinois driver's ed classes cover the following topics:

  • Sections of the Illinois Vehicle code
  • The Illinois Litter Control Act
  • How to drive defensively
  • How to safely approach emergency situations and situations that require extra caution, such as railroad crossings and construction zones.


In addition to the classroom portion of the course, each Illinois driver's ed class must include 6 hours of behind-the-wheel training with an instructor in the car. This training includes actual practice driving in a variety of situations, in-car observation of others driving, and may include some practice in a driving simulator or a driving range. If the instructor feels that the student has sufficiently mastered all applicable driving skills, he or she may decide to waive the last 3 hours of behind-the-wheel instruction for that student.

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