Illinois Probationary License Program
Frequently Asked Questions
Frequently Asked Questions
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.
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.
There are TWO requirements for the Probationary License Program:
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. For details regarding the license surrender process, or if you are not in possession of your Illinois driver’s license, click here.
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. Click HERE
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:
If you are attending your Virtual Training class using your cell phone or other wireless device:
If you are attending your virtual training class using your PC or laptop:
The cost of the Illinois Probationary License Program course is just $125 and includes electronic communication of your program completion to the Secretary of State.
Enroll instantly online. Our secure website provides 24x7 up-to-the-minute seat availability.
You must provide an email address to receive your virtual training class confirmation that includes a link to your virtual training classroom.
Your course guide and self-assessment profile 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 materials available on the day of class to be admitted to your virtual training classroom. If you have not received your course materials 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.
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 materials 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 materials.
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:
If you do not have your course guide and self-assessment profile, or if you are unable to provide identification, you will not be admitted to your virtual training class and will need to reschedule.
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.
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 $125 rescheduling fee will apply.
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 $125 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.
The class is 8 hours in length with two 15-minute breaks and a 30-minute lunch. Through this course, drivers learn why they continue to have driving related problems, how they can take responsibility for their actions and, ultimately, change their behavior behind the wheel.
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.
After you successfully complete the course and surrender your driver's license, National Safety Council electronically transmits your program completion information to the Illinois Secretary of State the following business day.
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.
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.
Your Illinois probationary driver’s license can be used in some, but not all, states. 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.
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.
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