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Full Text of HB4711  103rd General Assembly



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1    AN ACT concerning transportation.
2    Be it enacted by the People of the State of Illinois,
3represented in the General Assembly:
4    Section 5. The Illinois Vehicle Code is amended by
5changing Section 6-109 as follows:
6    (625 ILCS 5/6-109)
7    Sec. 6-109. Examination of applicants.
8    (a) The Secretary of State shall examine every applicant
9for a driver's license or permit who has not been previously
10licensed as a driver under the laws of this State or any other
11state or country, or any applicant for renewal of such
12driver's license or permit when such license or permit has
13been expired for more than one year. The Secretary of State
14shall, subject to the provisions of paragraph (c), examine
15every licensed driver at least every 8 years, and may examine
16or re-examine any other applicant or licensed driver, provided
17that during the years 1984 through 1991 those drivers issued a
18license for 3 years may be re-examined not less than every 7
19years or more than every 10 years.
20    The Secretary of State shall require the testing of the
21eyesight of any driver's license or permit applicant who has
22not been previously licensed as a driver under the laws of this
23State and shall promulgate rules and regulations to provide



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1for the orderly administration of all the provisions of this
3    The Secretary of State shall include at least one test
4question that concerns the provisions of the Pedestrians with
5Disabilities Safety Act in the question pool used for the
6written portion of the driver's license examination within one
7year after July 22, 2010 (the effective date of Public Act
9    The Secretary of State shall include, in the question pool
10used for the written portion of the driver's license
11examination, test questions concerning safe driving in the
12presence of bicycles, of which one may be concerning the Dutch
13Reach method as described in Section 2-112.
14    The Secretary of State shall include, in the question pool
15used for the written portion of the driver's license
16examination, at least one test question concerning driver
17responsibilities when approaching a stationary emergency
18vehicle as described in Section 11-907. If an applicant gives
19an incorrect response to a test question concerning subsection
20(c) of Section 11-907, Section 11-907.5, or subsection (a-1)
21of Section 11-908, then the Secretary of State shall provide
22the applicant with information concerning those Sections.
23    (b) Except as provided for those applicants in paragraph
24(c), such examination shall include a test of the applicant's
25eyesight, his or her ability to read and understand official
26traffic control devices, his or her knowledge of safe driving



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1practices and the traffic laws of this State, and may include
2an actual demonstration of the applicant's ability to exercise
3ordinary and reasonable control of the operation of a motor
4vehicle, and such further physical and mental examination as
5the Secretary of State finds necessary to determine the
6applicant's fitness to operate a motor vehicle safely on the
7highways, except the examination of an applicant 75 years of
8age or older or, if the Secretary adopts rules under Section 37
9of the Secretary of State Act to raise the age requirement for
10actual demonstrations, the examination of an applicant who has
11attained that increased age or is older shall include an
12actual demonstration of the applicant's ability to exercise
13ordinary and reasonable control of the operation of a motor
14vehicle. All portions of written and verbal examinations under
15this Section, excepting where the English language appears on
16facsimiles of road signs, may be given in the Spanish language
17and, at the discretion of the Secretary of State, in any other
18language as well as in English upon request of the examinee.
19Deaf persons who are otherwise qualified are not prohibited
20from being issued a license, other than a commercial driver's
21license, under this Code.
22    (c) Re-examination for those applicants who at the time of
23renewing their driver's license possess a driving record
24devoid of any convictions of traffic violations or evidence of
25committing an offense for which mandatory revocation would be
26required upon conviction pursuant to Section 6-205 at the time



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1of renewal shall be in a manner prescribed by the Secretary in
2order to determine an applicant's ability to safely operate a
3motor vehicle, except that every applicant for the renewal of
4a driver's license who is 75 years of age or older or, if the
5Secretary adopts rules under Section 37 of the Secretary of
6State Act to raise the age requirement for actual
7demonstrations, every applicant for the renewal of a driver's
8license who has attained that increased age or is older must
9prove, by an actual demonstration, the applicant's ability to
10exercise reasonable care in the safe operation of a motor
12    (d) In the event the applicant is not ineligible under the
13provisions of Section 6-103 to receive a driver's license, the
14Secretary of State shall make provision for giving an
15examination, either in the county where the applicant resides
16or at a place adjacent thereto reasonably convenient to the
17applicant, within not more than 30 days from the date said
18application is received.
19    (e) The Secretary of State may adopt rules regarding the
20use of foreign language interpreters during the application
21and examination process.
22(Source: P.A. 103-140, eff. 6-30-23.)