Effective Jan. 1, 1998, a graduated licensing system went into effect in Illinois. This new law does not change the minimum age at which an individual may apply for a driver's license, but it does establish additional training requirements during the instructional permit phase. This results in better trained 16-year-old drivers.
There are also additional seat belt usage requirements associated with this new law. For further information you can contact the police department or the Secretary of State's office.
To view new laws affecting drivers under the age of 21 as of January 1, 2008, click here.