Who may enroll in your teen driver education course?

Any teenager who turns 15 before the end of the four week classroom session may enroll.

What size class can I expect?

The Illinois Secretary of State limits our class size to 35 students. We frequently have full classes, especially during summer months.

Must I start on the first day of class?

It is recommended, but if that is not possible, you can enroll up to and including the third day of class.

What will I need to bring to class?

Blue-Line Driving School supplies the books. Students should bring a pencil or pen and a small notebook. Please bring your student contract that you should receive 7-10 days after signing up for class.

When can I obtain my instruction permit?

Students must attend four hours of classroom instruction before getting a permit. Therefore, on the second day of class you will be given an instruction permit application. With this application, you can visit to the Secretary of State to take the written exam and get your instruction permit. Start looking for the student’s birth certificate and social security card in order to speed up the permit process.

How many classes can I miss?

The Secretary of State allows four (4) absences before students are automatically dropped from the course. All absences must be made up so that each student receives 30 hours of classroom.

How are missed classes made up?

Absences may be made up by doing homework or attending a class from the next session. While it is recommended that students attend the class missed, it is not required.

What kind of car will I be driving?

2011 Toyota Scion Xb

How are Behind-The-Wheel (BTW) lessons scheduled?

BTW lessons are scheduled at the students’ convenience either before class or on weekends. We will work around all extracurricular activities, e.g., sports, dance, etc. Blue-Line Driving School offers free home pick-up unless the students is more than 25 minutes away from the Blue-Line Driving School. Those students will be met at a pre-determined “halfway” location whenever possible. Once students are paid in full, students may schedule BTW lessons by calling the office at 815-901-7831, Monday – Thursday between 3pm – 6pm.

What is the “blue slip?

The “blue slip” is a letter from the Secretary of State showing that you have successfully passed Driver’s Education. Prior to December 2000, this “Proof of Completion” was printed on blue paper with blue ink. This letter is still referred to as the “blue slip.” You must show this “blue slip” letter to the Drivers License Examiner in order to take your road test and obtain your license.

How long does it take to receive the “blue slip” once class is completed?

It typically takes about one to two weeks after classroom and Behind-The-Wheel requirements are met to receive the “blue slip,” but allow extra time during the summer months.

What if I lose the “blue slip?

Although the “blue slip” is a computer generated letter that is sent once a student’s information is entered into the computer, the Secretary of State branches often will not check to see if a student’s name is in their computer because so many students show up without this letter. Therefore, if you lose your “blue slip,” you will need to inform the person you talk with at the Secretary of State about the lost “blue slip” letter. Your name should be in their computer if you qualify. If the student’s name is not in their computer, call Blue-Line Driving School ASAP.
If I took Driver’s Education in another state, do I need to retake it for Illinois?
The Illinois Secretary of State recognizes the Driver Education curriculum in some states, but not in all states. Please call 630-879-7700 for more information.

Is it legal to drive in other states with an Illinois learner’s permit?

You will need to contact the Secretary of State or Department of Motor Vehicles for the state in question. Some states recognize an Illinois learner’s permit, while others do not.

Why is the registration fee non-refundable?

Blue-Line Driving School can enroll 35 students per class and does not want to turn away students who are looking to enroll when space is available. It can be difficult for a student who has been informed the class is full to find another class that meets his or her schedule; it can be difficult for Blue-Line Driving School to fill the opening due to a late cancellation. A non-refundable registration fee reduces the number of late cancellations by requiring a greater commitment to a specific class prior to registering.

How long will it take to complete the Behind-The-Wheel instruction?

The Illinois Secretary of State requires all Behind-The-Wheel instruction to be completed in no less than two weeks and no greater than nine months. Blue-Line Driving School will make every effort to complete the Behind-The-Wheel instruction as soon as possible. PLEASE sign up early for Behind-The-Wheel, it fills up fast!  My drive times are split up into 3 hour drives requiring 2 students. Four drives are required for a total of 12 hours in the car! I try to split up the drives throughout the 9 month time frame and want the final drive to be in the last month before they earn their license.

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