Obtaining an Instruction Permit Driver’s license applicants who are age 15-17 may receive an instruction permit with acceptable proof from the authorized driver education provider. The document must state they are enrolled in an approved driver education class and/or will start attending an approved driver education class within the next 30 days. The instruction permit is valid for 24 months and must be held for at least nine consecutive months prior to obtaining a driver’s license if the applicant is age 15-17. If applicants are age 17 and 3 months or older, they may apply for an instruction permit without taking a driver education course. When applying for an instruction permit, applicants must pass the vision and written exams for the license classification they are seeking. The test results are valid until the expiration of the permit. An instruction permit allows an individual to drive during the behind-the-wheel portion of a driver education class with an adult instructor. It also allows a person to drive with a parent, legal guardian or responsible adult who is age 21 or older, has a valid license and has at least one year of driving experience. This individual must sit in the front passenger seat adjacent to the driver. After individuals have successfully completed the driver education class, they may continue practice driving with an instruction permit, under the direct supervision of a responsible adult as outlined above. Illinois law requires drivers under age 16 to have at least 50 hours of behind-the-wheel supervised driving, including 10 hours of nighttime supervised driving, in addition to the driver education training, before being eligible to obtain a driver’s license at age 16. A driving log to track the supervised practice hours is available at www.cyberdriveillinois.com or in the Parent-Teen Driving Guide.