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625 ILCS 5/6-109
(625 ILCS 5/6-109)
Examination of applicants.
(a) The Secretary of State shall examine every applicant for a driver's
license or permit who has not been previously licensed as a driver under the
laws of this State or any other state or country, or any applicant for renewal
of such driver's license or permit when such license or permit has been expired
for more than one year. The Secretary of State shall, subject to the
provisions of paragraph (c), examine every licensed driver at least every 8
years, and may examine or re-examine any other applicant or licensed driver,
provided that during the years 1984 through 1991 those drivers issued a license
for 3 years may be re-examined not less than every 7 years or more than every
The Secretary of State shall require the testing of the eyesight of any
driver's license or permit applicant who has not been previously licensed
as a driver under the laws of this State and shall promulgate rules and
regulations to provide for the orderly administration of all the provisions of
The Secretary of State shall include at least one test question that concerns the provisions of the Pedestrians with Disabilities Safety Act in the question pool used for the written portion of the driver's license examination within one year after July 22, 2010 (the effective date of Public Act 96-1167).
The Secretary of State shall include, in the question pool used for the written portion of the driver's license examination, test questions concerning safe driving in the presence of bicycles, of which one may be concerning the Dutch Reach method as described in Section 2-112.
The Secretary of State shall include, in the question pool used for the written portion of the driver's license examination, at least one test question concerning driver responsibilities when approaching a stationary emergency vehicle as described in Section 11-907.
(b) Except as provided for those applicants in paragraph (c), such
examination shall include a test of the applicant's
eyesight, his or her ability to read and understand official traffic control devices,
his or her knowledge of safe driving practices and the traffic laws of this State,
and may include an actual demonstration of the applicant's ability to exercise
ordinary and reasonable control of the operation of a motor vehicle, and
such further physical and mental examination as the Secretary of State finds
necessary to determine the applicant's fitness to operate a motor vehicle
safely on the highways, except the examination of an applicant 75 years
of age or older shall include an actual demonstration of the applicant's
ability to exercise ordinary and reasonable control of the operation of
a motor vehicle. All portions of written and verbal examinations under
this Section, excepting where the English language appears on facsimiles
of road signs, may be given in the Spanish language and, at the discretion
of the Secretary of State, in any other language as well as in English upon
request of the examinee. Deaf persons who are otherwise qualified are not
prohibited from being issued a license, other than a commercial driver's
license, under this Code.
(c) Re-examination for those applicants who at the time of renewing their
driver's license possess a driving record devoid of any convictions of traffic
violations or evidence of committing an offense
for which mandatory revocation
would be required upon conviction pursuant to Section 6-205 at the time
of renewal shall be in a manner prescribed by the Secretary
in order to determine an applicant's ability to safely operate a motor
except that every applicant for the renewal of a driver's license who is
75 years of age or older must prove, by an actual demonstration,
the applicant's ability to exercise reasonable care in the safe operation
of a motor vehicle.
(d) In the event the applicant is not ineligible under the provisions of
Section 6-103 to receive a driver's license, the Secretary of State
shall make provision for giving an examination, either in the county where
the applicant resides or at a place adjacent thereto reasonably convenient
to the applicant, within not more than 30 days from the date said
application is received.
(e) The Secretary of State may adopt rules regarding the use of foreign language interpreters during the application and examination process.
(Source: P.A. 100-770, eff. 1-1-19; 100-962, eff. 1-1-19; 101-81, eff. 7-12-19; 101-174, eff. 1-1-20