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Illinois Remedial Driver Education Program: Frequently Asked Questions

  • Is this program mandatory?

    Yes. Drivers between the ages of 15 and 24 who have received two violations within 24 months or who received a violation under the Zero Tolerance Law are required by the State of Illinois to complete the Driver Remedial Education course. The National Safety Council Alive at 25 class is approved by the State of Illinois to fulfill this requirement.

    Some drivers also may be mandated by a specific court to complete the Alive at 25 class.

    How long does the course take and what is it like?

    In cooperation with the Illinois Secretary of State Driver Services Department, NSC will present its course in one four-hour session.

    DDC-Alive at 25 is a highly interactive four-hour intervention program that zeroes in on drivers ages 16 to 25 — the group most likely to be involved in a fatal collision. DDC-Alive at 25 uses workbook exercises, group discussions, role-playing and short lectures to help keep young drivers safe on the road.

    What does the course cost?

    The cost is $90 for drivers needing the course to fulfill the Illinois Secretary of State Driver Services Department Remedial Driver Education course requirement.

    Drivers needing the course for a specific court will be charged $40.

    ​NSC is not responsible for drivers taking the incorrect class. Drivers will not be given a refund if the class has been completed. Please be sure you know exactly what class is required before you continue the registration process.

    How will I know if I am required to complete this course?

    If you are required by the state to complete the course, a notification letter will be mailed to you from the Illinois Secretary of State Driver Services Department.

    If you are being required by a specific court, the court will notify you of your need to attend.

    When and where will the course be taught?

    NSC has a list of many different locations throughout Illinois. The four-hour course is taught on weeknights and Saturdays, depending on the location.

    Will there be a test at the end of the course?

    Yes. To comply with the Illinois Secretary of State Driver Remedial requirement, NSC has included a 20-question test in its four-hour curriculum. Drivers must score 70% or better to successfully complete the course. After successfully completing the course, your class information will be electronically sent to the Ilinois Secretary of State the following business day.

    May I bring anyone with me to class?

    No. Only students with special needs may attend class with a family member or friend who is of legal driving age. Please notify NSC before your class if you need such assistance.

    What if I feel that I am not responsible for a violation reported on my driver record?

    Questions regarding violations and driver records must be addressed with the Illinois Secretary of State. Please visit www.cyberdriveillinois.com for more information.

    How can I register for this course?

    Students may either register online or call NSC at (800) 822-7009 between 8 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, or 8 a.m. and 2 p.m. Saturday EST.

    What do I need to bring to class with me?

    Students will need to bring some form of identification, such as a driver's license, permit, school ID or birth certificate, the confirmation notice, and a pen or pencil.

    No student will be admitted to the class without an email/mail registration confirmation or confirmation number.

    What if I have special needs, such as physical, language, etc.?

    Drivers requiring special assistance are welcome to bring along a friend or family member to provide support during the class. Please notify NSC of your intentions so we can plan for your comfort. The support person must be of legal driving age.

    What happens if there is a weather related cancellation?

    In the event of a weather-related cancellation, NSC will attempt to contact you at the daytime telephone number provide during the registration process. If you are unsure about a weather-related cancellation, please contact the program services staff at (800) 822-7009. Hours are 8 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, and 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Saturday EST. NSC will work with the instructor, facility and students to reschedule the class. If you feel it is unsafe to travel to your scheduled class due to weather, please contact our office.

    What if I no longer live in Illinois, but still have to take the class? Can I take it in a different state?

    Yes. If you are no longer living in Illinois and you need to complete the Remedial Driver Education program, please contact NSC program services staff at (800) 822-8009, and someone will assist you in completing the program in your state of residence.

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    Cancellation/Re-registration Policy

    In order to reschedule with no additional cost, students must contact NSC at (800) 822-7009 during regular business hours at least 24 hours prior to the start time of the scheduled class. Student who fail to call in advance to reschedule or fail to appear at the scheduled class will be charged a re-registration fee of $50.

Contact Information

National Safety Council
Attn: IL Remedial Driver Education Program
200 Salina Meadows Parkway
Syracuse, NY 13212

E-mail: ddcil@nsc.org

Phone (800) 822-7009

Fax (315) 453-7000

TTY (866) 268-0503

Office hours are 8 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, and 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday (EST).

  • Choose a Remedial Driver Education Class in Illinois

    ​The four-hour Remedial Driver Education class is offered in many locations throughout Illinois. Find an Illinois classroom near you.

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