State Driving Laws in Illinois


Specific rules for older drivers

  • Starting at 75, drivers must take a road test in order to renew.
  • Drivers aged 81 to 86 must renew every two years.
  • People 87 and older must renew annually.

Standard driver's license renewal

  • License renewed: Every four years for those under age 81. Every two years for those 81 to 86 years, and every year for those 87 and older.
  • Renewal conditions: For those under 75 with a clean driving record and no medical report (based on physician or community member filing a report questioning driving ability or physical or cognitive skills), mail-in, telephone, or online renewal available every other cycle.
  • Vision test: Yes.
  • Written test: Every 8 years if traffic convictions have occurred.
  • Road test: Yes, for those 75 and older.

For more information

Driver Services Department
2701 S. Dirksen Parkway
Springfield, IL 62723

Driver Services Department
17 N. State Street, Suite 1100
Chicago, IL 60602
312-793-1010 or 800-252-8980

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