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Is this program mandatory?
How do I know if I am eligible for this program?
What are the requirements of the Illinois Probationary License Program?
When should I surrender my driver's license to the National Safety Council?
Can I complete the Probationary License Program after my suspension has started?
What is the cost of the course?
When and where can I attend the class?
How can I register for the course?
What is the cancellation/reschedule policy?
What do I need to bring to class with me?
How long is the course and what should I expect?
Is there a test at the end of the course?
May I bring my children with me to class?
What if English is not my first language?
What if I am hearing impaired?
What if my class is canceled due to weather or emergency?
Can my probationary license be used to drive in other states?
Can I use my probationary license to rent a car or fly?
I have a CDL. Will I be able to obtain a probationary license?
When will I get my Illinois driver's license back?
Where can I direct my questions regarding my driving record?
What is the National Safety Council Code of Conduct?
What is the National Safety Council?
No. However, if you do not complete the program, it will be illegal for you to drive during your suspension period. This program is open to drivers ages 21 and older who have had their license suspended for three months or less for being convicted of three moving violations in 12 months. Upon successfully completing the program requirements, drivers will receive a probationary license from the Secretary of State for use during the suspension period.
If you are eligible for the Probationary License Program, the Illinois Secretary of State will mail you a notification letter.
What are the requirements of the Illinois Probationary License Program
There are two requirements for the Probationary License Program:
When should I surrender my driver’s license to National Safety Council?
To receive your Illinois probationary driver’s license from the Secretary of State, you must mail your VALID (not expired) Illinois Driver’s License to National Safety Council using a trackable service as soon as possible, at least two weeks prior to your suspension date. It will take seven to 10 business days from the date we receive your driver’s license for you to receive your probationary driver’s license. For more information regarding the license surrender process, or if you are not in possession of your Illinois driver’s license, CLICK HERE.
Yes. Once your suspension period starts, you cannot drive until you receive your physical probationary driver’s license from the Secretary of State. You will have a lapse in driving privileges once your suspension begins until you receive your physical probationary license.
The cost of the Illinois Probationary License Program class is $125. This fee includes electronic communication of your program completion to the Secretary of State.
National Safety Council has established multiple convenient classroom locations throughout Illinois. To view our most up-to-date class schedule and seat availability, CLICK HERE.
How do I register for the course?
You can reschedule to a different date or location without a fee up to the day prior to your chosen class date. If you need to reschedule, you can do so by visiting us online here. Rescheduling on or after the start date of your class will require a mandatory, non-refundable rescheduling fee. Once registered all fees are non-refundable.
You must bring your Class Code number or Class Confirmation Notice and some form of identification to class or you will not be admitted. It does not have to be a photo ID. Examples of acceptable identification include Driver’s License, non-driver photo identification, Notice of Suspension, school or college ID, work ID, birth certificate, social security card, etc.
The class is eight hours in length. The program is aimed at changing behavior behind the wheel. Through this course, drivers learn why they continue to have driving related problems and how they can take responsibility for their actions.
Yes, the course includes a 10-question test. Drivers must score 70% or above to successfully complete the course. After successfully completing the course and surrendering your driver’s license, your program completion information is electronically transmitted to the Illinois Secretary of State the following business day.
No, no one will be admitted with children. We apologize in advance for any inconvenience this may cause.
All of our classes are in English unless otherwise noted. If you need assistance with translation, you are welcome to bring someone with you to provide support during the class. They must be over the age of 18 and provide proper identification.
Please contact National Safety Council via email so we may request sign language interpretation services for you.
In the event of a weather-related or other emergency cancellation, National Safety Council will contact you at the telephone number and email address provided during the registration process. We will work with the instructor and facility to reschedule the class to a new date and time. If you are unsure if your class has been cancelled due to weather, or if you feel it is unsafe for you to travel to your scheduled class due to weather, please contact the National Safety Council.
Yes. Your IL probationary driver’s license can be used in some, but not all states. It is up to you to check with the state motor vehicle department where you are traveling and ask if your Illinois probationary license is an approved form of license for that specific state.
Yes, but you will be required to show a photo ID along with it. Acceptable forms of photo ID include passport, state ID, etc. Please be sure to check with the airline/rental car company to see what form(s) of ID they accept.
A CDL driver can complete the Probationary License Program but will ONLY be able to use the probationary license for their personal vehicle and are not allowed to drive commercial vehicles for ANY purpose while using a probationary/temporary license.
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.
Questions regarding violations and driver records must be addressed directly with the Illinois Secretary of State. Please visit cyberdriveillinois.com for more information.
The National Safety Council Code of Conduct outlines expectations of behavior during class and is available in English and Spanish
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