IL Probationary License Program FAQ

Illinois Probationary License Program

Frequently Asked Questions


Is this program mandatory?

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.

How do I know if I am eligible for this program?

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:

  1. Surrender your VALID (not expired) Illinois driver’s license to National Safety Council; Get details here.
  2. Complete the 8-hour Probationary License Program course; Register here.

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.

Can I complete the Probationary License Program after my suspension has started?

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.

What is the cost of the course?

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.

When and where can I attend the class?

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?

Register Here

What is the cancellation/reschedule policy?

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.

What do I need to bring to class with me?

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.

How long is the course and what should I expect?

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.

Is there a test at the end of the course?

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.

May I bring my children with me to class?

No, no one will be admitted with children. We apologize in advance for any inconvenience this may cause.

What if English is not my first language?

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.

What if I am hearing impaired?

Please contact National Safety Council via email so we may request sign language interpretation services for you.

What if my class is canceled due to weather or emergency?

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.

Can my probationary license be used to drive in other states?

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.

Can I use my probationary license to rent a car or fly?

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.

I have a CDL. Will I be able to obtain a probationary license?

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.

When will I get my Illinois driver's license back?

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.

Where can I direct my questions regarding my driving record?

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

What is the National Safety Council Code of Conduct?

The National Safety Council Code of Conduct outlines expectations of behavior during class and is available in English and Spanish

What is the National Safety Council?

National Safety Council is America’s leading nonprofit safety advocate – and has been for over 100 years. As a mission-based organization, we focus on eliminating the leading causes of preventable death so people can live their fullest lives. We focus our efforts where we can make the greatest impact: workplace, roadway and impairment.

Contact Us

Email: [email protected]

Address:
National Safety Council
Attn: IL Probationary Program
200 Salina Meadows Pkwy, Suite 200
Syracuse, NY 13212

Phone: (800) 822-7009

Hours of Operation:
Monday through Friday: 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Saturday: 7 a.m. to 1 p.m.