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Full Text of HB4711  103rd General Assembly


Rep. Dan Swanson

Filed: 3/20/2024





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2    AMENDMENT NO. ______. Amend House Bill 4711 by replacing
3everything after the enacting clause with the following:
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



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1that during the years 1984 through 1991 those drivers issued a
2license for 3 years may be re-examined not less than every 7
3years or more than every 10 years.
4    The Secretary of State shall require the testing of the
5eyesight of any driver's license or permit applicant who has
6not been previously licensed as a driver under the laws of this
7State and shall promulgate rules and regulations to provide
8for the orderly administration of all the provisions of this
10    The Secretary of State shall include at least one test
11question that concerns the provisions of the Pedestrians with
12Disabilities Safety Act in the question pool used for the
13written portion of the driver's license examination within one
14year after July 22, 2010 (the effective date of Public Act
16    The Secretary of State shall include, in the question pool
17used for the written portion of the driver's license
18examination, test questions concerning safe driving in the
19presence of bicycles, of which one may be concerning the Dutch
20Reach method as described in Section 2-112.
21    The Secretary of State shall include, in the question pool
22used for the written portion of the driver's license
23examination, at least one test question concerning driver
24responsibilities when approaching a stationary emergency
25vehicle as described in Section 11-907. If an applicant gives
26an incorrect response to a test question concerning subsection



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1(c) of Section 11-907, Section 11-907.5, or subsection (a-1)
2of Section 11-908, then the Secretary of State shall provide
3the applicant with information concerning those Sections.
4    (b) Except as provided for those applicants in paragraph
5(c), such examination shall include a test of the applicant's
6eyesight, his or her ability to read and understand official
7traffic control devices, his or her knowledge of safe driving
8practices and the traffic laws of this State, and may include
9an actual demonstration of the applicant's ability to exercise
10ordinary and reasonable control of the operation of a motor
11vehicle, and such further physical and mental examination as
12the Secretary of State finds necessary to determine the
13applicant's fitness to operate a motor vehicle safely on the
14highways, except the examination of an applicant 75 years of
15age or older or, if the Secretary adopts rules under Section 37
16of the Secretary of State Act to raise the age requirement for
17actual demonstrations, the examination of an applicant who has
18attained that increased age or is older shall include an
19actual demonstration of the applicant's ability to exercise
20ordinary and reasonable control of the operation of a motor
21vehicle. All portions of written and verbal examinations under
22this Section, excepting where the English language appears on
23facsimiles of road signs, may be given in the Spanish language
24and, at the discretion of the Secretary of State, in any other
25language as well as in English upon request of the examinee.
26Deaf persons who are otherwise qualified are not prohibited



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1from being issued a license, other than a commercial driver's
2license, under this Code.
3    (c) Re-examination for those applicants who at the time of
4renewing their driver's license possess a driving record
5devoid of any convictions of traffic violations or evidence of
6committing an offense for which mandatory revocation would be
7required upon conviction pursuant to Section 6-205 at the time
8of renewal shall be in a manner prescribed by the Secretary in
9order to determine an applicant's ability to safely operate a
10motor vehicle, except that every applicant for the renewal of
11a driver's license who is 75 years of age or older or, if the
12Secretary adopts rules under Section 37 of the Secretary of
13State Act to raise the age requirement for actual
14demonstrations, every applicant for the renewal of a driver's
15license who has attained that increased age or is older must
16prove, by an actual demonstration, the applicant's ability to
17exercise reasonable care in the safe operation of a motor
19    (d) In the event the applicant is not ineligible under the
20provisions of Section 6-103 to receive a driver's license, the
21Secretary of State shall make provision for giving an
22examination, either in the county where the applicant resides
23or at a place adjacent thereto reasonably convenient to the
24applicant, within not more than 30 days from the date said
25application is received.
26    (e) The Secretary of State may adopt rules regarding the



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1use of foreign language interpreters during the application
2and examination process.
3(Source: P.A. 103-140, eff. 6-30-23.)".