IL Graduate to Safety Driver Remedial Education FAQs

Illinois Graduate to Safety Driver Remedial Education

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 citation under the Zero Tolerance Law, are required by the State of Illinois to complete the Graduate to Safety Driver Remedial Education course as a condition for reinstatement of Driver’s License or Permit following suspension.

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

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

How long is the course and what should I expect?

National Safety Council presents the course in one 4-hour Virtual Instructor-Led Training session, including one 15-minute break. This highly interactive intervention program zeroes in on drivers ages 16 to 25 – the group most likely to be involved in a fatal collision. This course uses workbook exercises, group discussions, role-playing and short lectures to help keep young drivers safe on the road.

When and where can I attend a virtual training class?

For a limited time only, the Illinois Secretary of State has temporarily approved our Virtual Instructor-Led Training as an alternative way to fulfill your Graduate to Safety Driver Remedial Education in-person classroom requirement. You can easily participate in a virtual training class from anywhere, using just about any device with video chat capabilities and internet connection. Classes fill quickly; reserve your seat today! Instantly view our class schedule and up-to-the-minute seat availability.
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What kind of device do I need to attend a Virtual Training class?

You can easily participate in a Virtual Training class using just about any device with video chat capabilities and internet connection.

Your device must have:

  • Camera - You will be required to be visible on camera for the entire class.
  • Microphone (headset with microphone is recommended, to reduce background noise). You will be required to participate in class throughout the day by responding to questions, adding to group discussions and completing activities.
  • Internet Connection - A hard-wired connection is preferred, but a Wi-Fi connection is also acceptable.

If you are attending your Virtual Training class using your cell phone or other wireless device:

  • Download the WebEx app BEFORE the day of class.
  • Have your charger handy, your device will need to stay powered on for the entire class.
  • Connect using Wi-Fi instead of cellular data when available for better stability.

If you are attending your virtual training class using your PC or laptop:

  • You will be prompted to choose to install the application or join from your browser. Either option will work.

What is the cost of the course?

The cost of the IL Graduate to Safety Driver Remedial Education course is just $90 and includes electronic communication of your program completion to the Secretary of State.

The court-ordered/voluntary version of this course available for a $40 fee does NOT include electronic communication of your program completion to the Secretary of State. If the Secretary of State later requires you to take this class, you will then need to complete the state-ordered version of the course for an additional fee of $90. The funds paid for the initial course are non-refundable.

How can I enroll in a virtual training class?

Enroll instantly online. Our secure website provides 24x7 up-to-the-minute seat availability.

Why do I need to provide an email address to register for the Virtual Training class?

You must provide an email address to receive your virtual training class confirmation, which includes a link to your virtual training classroom.

How will I receive my course guide?

Your course guide will arrive to the mailing address you verified during registration a day or two before your scheduled class date. You must show that you have your course guide available on the day of class to be admitted to your virtual training classroom. If you have not received your course guide by the afternoon the day before your class, please visit www.ddcnsc.org/IL to reschedule prior to the class at no fee. When rescheduling, verify/update the mailing address on your account to ensure that you will receive your course guide.

What if I need my course guide sent to a temporary address?

If you have a new permanent mailing address, make sure you update that information when registering for class. You can complete this on our secure registration website; click HERE. If you need your course guide sent to a temporary address, call (800) 822-7009 and one of our team members will be happy to assist you. Please note: you must call at least two weeks prior to your scheduled class date to change the mailing address for your course guide.

How do I access my virtual training class and what do I have to bring?

You must attend class in a distraction-free environment and must stay in a single location throughout the duration of class.

AT LEAST 30 MINUTES BEFORE the scheduled start time of your class, click on the virtual training classroom link in your confirmation email.

For your privacy, class check-in is completed on an individual basis. Please enter your first name and the first initial of your last name (as shown in your confirmation email) and your email address when prompted. Then, click “Join Meeting.” You will wait in the "lobby" of your virtual training classroom until it is your turn to be admitted and checked-in by the moderator. You may be waiting for 30 minutes or more. Please be patient. If you get logged off, simply click on the link in your confirmation email again and go back to the virtual training classroom.

During check-in, be prepared to show:

  • Your Alive at 25 course guide
  • A form of identification. It does not have to be a photo ID. Examples of acceptable identification include driver’s license, non-driver photo identification, SOS Letter of Invalidation, school or college ID, work ID, birth certificate, social security card, etc.

If you do not have your course guide, or if you are unable to provide identification, you will not be admitted to your virtual training class and will need to reschedule. A mandatory rescheduling fee of $90 will apply.

After you are checked in, you will be placed back into the "lobby" of your virtual training classroom while the check-in process is completed for all students. Once everyone is checked in, all students will be brought back into the virtual training classroom from the "lobby" and class will begin.

What happens if I log into my virtual training class late?

You are required to begin the check-in process at least 30 minutes prior to the scheduled class start time to provide identification and show that you are prepared with the required course materials. If you attempt to check in after class has begun, you will not be admitted to the virtual training classroom and will need to visit www.ddcnsc.org/IL to reschedule. A mandatory $90 rescheduling fee will apply.

What happens if I lose connection during my Virtual Training class?

If you are disconnected at any time during your virtual training class, immediately click on the virtual training classroom link in your confirmation email to re-enter the class. You must attend the entire virtual training class to receive credit. If you are disconnected and do not return to class, or miss an excessive amount of class time due to technical difficulties or other reasons, you will need to reschedule your class. A mandatory rescheduling fee of $90 will apply. All course fees are non-refundable. Refunds will not be granted for failure to attend or complete your virtual training class due to technical issues.

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. You will have two attempts to pass the test.

How will the Secretary of State know that I have completed the Driver Remedial Education course?

After you successfully complete the course, National Safety Council electronically transmits your program completion information to the Illinois Secretary of State the following business day.

What is the refund/cancellation policy?

  • Once registered all fees are non-refundable. There will be no refunds due to technical issues. Students are responsible to ensure they have access to a device that meets the technical requirements to participate in Virtual Training prior to the class.
  • You can reschedule to a different date without a fee up to the day prior to your chosen class date. To reschedule, visit us online.
  • Rescheduling on or after the start date of your class will require a mandatory, non-refundable $90 rescheduling fee. Reasons may include, but are not limited to:
    • Driver does not arrive to class
    • Driver is unprepared with course materials and/or identification
    • Driver arrives late to class
    • Driver is late returning from breaks or lunch
    • Driver is disconnected from the Virtual Training class and does not return
    • Driver misses an excessive amount of class time due to technical or other issues

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 have someone with you to provide support during the class. They must be over the age of 18 and provide proper identification.

I no longer live in Illinois; can I complete the class in a different state?

Yes. If you no longer live in Illinois and you need to complete the state-ordered Graduate to Safety Driver Remedial Education course, you can attend a Virtual Training class.

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?

National Safety Council is committed to providing a positive and respectful learning environment. Our Virtual Training Council Code of Conduct outlines expectations of behavior during our classes. Please review prior to class.

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]
Phone: (800) 822-7009

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

Hours of Operation:
Monday through Friday: 7 a.m. to 4:45 p.m.