IL Probationary - License Surrender Process

Illinois Probationary License Program

License Surrender Process

Important: This is the license surrender process for the Illinois Probationary License Program ONLY. Please contact the Illinois Secretary of State if you need to surrender your license for any other reason.

To receive your Illinois probationary driver’s license from the Illinois Secretary of State, you must surrender your valid (not expired) Illinois driver’s license to National Safety Council.

Complete this step as soon as possible, at least two weeks prior to your suspension date.

Using a trackable service through FedEx or USPS only (NOT UPS), send your valid Illinois driver's license to:

National Safety Council
ATTN: IL Program
200 Salina Meadows Parkway, Suite 200
Syracuse, NY 13212

Do not mail your license to the Secretary of State.

  • After surrendering your driver’s license to National Safety Council: You will use the Notice of Suspension you received from the Secretary of State in place of your driver’s license until the day prior to the date of suspension listed on the Notice of Suspension.
  • If your driver’s license will expire before or during your suspension period: You must contact the Illinois Secretary of State at (800) 822-7009 to renew before surrendering your driver’s license to the National Safety Council. You will not receive your probationary license if your driver’s license expires before your suspension period.
  • If you are no longer in possession of your Illinois driver’s license (lost/taken/destroyed): You will need to fully complete all sections of this affidavit form to serve in place of the surrender of your Illinois driver’s license. Complete this step as soon as possible, at least two weeks prior to your suspension date.

Next Steps

  • Complete the 8-hour Illinois Probationary License Program class
  • Be sure the Secretary of State has your current mailing address; the probationary license will come directly from them to the address they have on file

After you complete the 8-hour class and surrender your valid Illinois driver’s license to National Safety Council, we will notify the Illinois Secretary of State that you have fulfilled your requirements for the Probationary License Program.

Once your suspension period starts, you cannot drive until you receive your physical probationary driver’s license from the Secretary of State.

  • If you surrender your Illinois driver’s license and complete the class at least two weeks prior to your suspension start date, you should receive your probationary license a day or two prior to the date your suspension period starts.
  • If you surrender your Illinois driver’s license and complete the class less than two weeks prior to your suspension start date, it will take seven to 10 business days to receive your Illinois probationary driver’s license from the Secretary of State.

The Secretary of State will contact you regarding reinstatement of your license at the end of your suspension period. To pay your reinstatement fee to the Secretary of State, visit https://www.ilsos.gov/reinstatementfees