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Introduction: Embarking on the journey to obtain a driver’s license can be both exciting and nerve-wracking. If you’re in Chicago, you’re likely curious about various aspects of driver education. In this blog post, we’ll address some common questions to help you navigate the road to becoming a licensed driver in the Windy City.

How much does driving school cost in the US?

The cost of lessons varies across the United States, including Illinois and Chicago. At Nova Driving School, you can expect lessons to be sold at a rate of around $55/hour, only available in two-hour lessons. Lesson durations are designed to train new drivers in both the skills and endurance to drive in both short bursts and longer trips, leading to better skill retention. These costs may be reduced by purchasing larger programs, which are priced anywhere between $300 to $800. Such programs may include other services, such as using our vehicle for the Road Exam at the DMV, or depending on the season, a complimentary preparation for the permit exam at the DMV.

Where can I learn how-to drive-in Chicago?

No matter which region or neighborhood, you’ll be able to find a driving school easily, as Nova Driving School has 8 different locations: Bucktown, Hyde Park, Evanston, Little Village, Jefferson Park, Belmont Cragin, Norridge, and Oak Park. This includes lessons at our listed locations or even the convenience of pick-up at your home, if you live in the Chicagoland area. Search online for our locations, likely in your backyard, and you’ll also find reviews that demonstrate why Nova is Chicago’s #1 Driving School.

How long is Illinois Driving School?

The time needed to get a driver’s license can vary depending on your age. For adults (who do not need to wait a minimum length of time as teens do), scheduling lessons largely depends on your availability. Nova offers driving lessons seven days a week, starting as early as 6:00am, and ending as late as 9:00pm. Students may arrange a schedule to their convenience, according to the availability of our instructors. Depending on the schedule assembled, students may take anywhere from a few weeks to a few months, to become prepared enough to take the driving test and earn their license.

Can you get your license at 18 without a permit in Illinois? What do I need to do to get a driver’s license?

Illinois requires potential new drivers to bring certain identity and address documents to a nearby Secretary of State DMV, as well as taking and passing a vision, computer, and in-car exam, to qualify for a license. Depending on the driver’s age, additional steps may be required:

Ages 15-17: Illinois’ Graduated Driver Licensing program requires teen students to complete classroom and driving range requirements, in addition to waiting a period with their permit.

Ages 18-20: Illinois requires young adults under 21 to show proof of driver education completion or the completion of an Adult Driver Education Program For further details, Nova Driving School has a handy breakdown of the entire process for underage drivers to obtain their permit and license, found here.

How much does it cost to take driving lessons in Chicago?

The cost of lessons varies across the United States, including Illinois and Chicago. At Nova Driving School, you can expect lessons to be sold at a rate of around $55/hour, only available in two-hour lessons. Lesson durations are designed to train new drivers in both the skills and endurance to drive in both short bursts and longer trips, leading to better skill retention. These costs may be reduced by purchasing larger programs, which are priced anywhere between $300 to $800. Such programs may include other services, such as using our vehicle for the Road Exam at the DMV, or depending on the season, a complimentary preparation for the permit exam at the DMV.

But I don’t know how to drive! How do I begin practicing? Do I need a permit?

For those looking to practice driving, passing the vision and computer/written exam will earn you an instruction permit, which is required for learners of all ages to begin practicing with a licensed driver. Driving Programs at Nova are designed for new drivers of all skill levels – ranging from complete beginners to those who’ve already practiced for a few hours, to even including international drivers or drivers who formerly held a license and are only now resuming driving after several years without.

Taking the exams at the DMV? But it’s so frustrating when I visit there! Is there any way I can take the test at a school, instead?

All potential drivers over the age of 18 must take their permit and driving exams at a Secretary of State DMV facility. Nova Driving instructors are more than capable of preparing students for either exam – reviewing the exact subjects covered on the permit test, or covering the exact routes and skills tested on by the DMV exams. Teen drivers ready to earn their license have another option, however: The Cooperative Driver Testing Program

How much does it cost to get a new driver’s license in Chicago, Illinois?

The cost of obtaining a new driver’s license in Chicago, for a standard driver’s license is around $30.

What is the Cooperative Driver Testing Program in Illinois?

The Cooperative Driver Testing Program in Illinois has allowed only 5 driving schools, of which Nova Driving School is included, to conduct approved driving tests for qualifying teen drivers. This program aims to streamline the testing process, providing convenience for students and reducing the burden on Illinois DMVs – only for $100!


By researching and understanding the process, you’ll be better prepared to hit the road with confidence. Always refer to official sources for the latest information and updates regarding driving education and licensing in Illinois. Safe travels!

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Keep Your Teen Busy with Driver Education Online

You love your teenager. But they’re driving you up the wall while the whole family is staying home to stop the spread of COVID-19.

Why not find a way to keep them busy that is actually productive? This is a time when technology comes in handy by making it possible to complete driver education online.

Why Now Is the Perfect Time to Complete Driver Education Online

As excited as teens are to get their driving licenses, driver education may not be at the top of their list of fun past-times. Regardless, there are plenty of reasons why this pandemic is the perfect opportunity for your teen to learn the basics of driving.

Your Teen’s Activity Schedule is Open

Most of the time, teens’ schedules are packed with school, sports, extracurricular activities, social events, and more. Chances are that everything, but school has been canceled, and many students spend less time with online school than they’d spend on traditional classwork.

As a result, you don’t need to worry about your teen compromising their studies to squeeze driver education into their schedule. You also don’t need to worry that your teen will be too distracted with other happenings to focus on their driving training.

You Have Another Option for a Quarantine-Friendly Activity

Are you struggling to find things to do with your family without compromising anyone’s safety? Driving practice with your teen, with the right safety precautions, is a productive activity that also keeps you away from others.

Online teen driver education will allow your teen to get the essential knowledge they need before they hit the road with you. With 35+ years of experience, accredited by the National Safety Council as a Training Center, over 20,000 graduates, over 50 finger-printed professional and accredited staff with 24/7 assistance, we can give your teen the best tools and instruction in driving safely, prepare them for the permit test at the DMV, and complete the comprehensive behind the wheel course they need.

Your Teen Doesn’t Get Behind

Chances are that your teenager had an idea in mind of how their life would look after getting their driving license. If that timeline is pushed back, they may understandably get frustrated.

If they can get their Chicago driver education finished during the pandemic lockdown, they’ll be ready to hit the ground running with their driving test when businesses and services finally open.

Finding Driver Education Online for Your Teen

Boredom + teenage stress is a recipe for a less-than-fun home environment for your quarantine. In fact, you stand as much to gain as your teen by enrolling them in online driver education training. Not only will they get much-needed instruction to keep them safer on the road, but your auto insurance might also get a financial boost. 

Plus, you get invaluable peace of mind that they’ve at least been exposed to some pretty valuable knowledge about driver safety, local driving laws, and other information that can help them make better decisions behind the wheel.

Now is the perfect time to reinforce your teen’s driving skills. Sign up for driver education online for your teen to put their newfound free time to good use.



Poster Project Unleashes Creativity for Driver Education Students

Nova Driving School believes that driver education should be both informative and fun.  To that end, students at Nova’s Hyde Park branch recently designed posters focused on traffic safety issues that affect young drivers, particularly those drivers between ages 15 and 25.  Using markers and a healthy dose of creativity, students in Nova instructor Nakeyia Jones’ class designed posters that included messages designed to drive home the importance of safe driving.


One group, for example, put a social media spin on its work by using the hashtag “#Don’tLoad!”  The group’s poster reminded young drivers not to upload videos or download apps and games while driving and to avoid overloading their cars with too many passengers or too much cargo.  Another group used the tagline, “Brake, don’t make a mistake!” to remind their peers about the benefits of following speed limits and avoiding aggressive driving.  Kudos to Ms. Jones and her students on a job well done!


Nova Participates in Hiring Fair at West Ridge Elementary School

Nova Driving School hit the road last week in search of a few good men and women to join us in our work to advance safe, responsible driving. We were pleased to have the opportunity to participate in a Hiring Fair sponsored by Sen. Ira Silverstein, Alderman Debra Silverstein, and the Illinois Department of Employment Security on Thursday, Aug. 4 at West Ridge Elementary School on Chicago’s north side.


The event provided an opportunity for Nova to interact with candidates for a variety of positions, including office assistant, classroom instructor, and behind-the-wheel instructor. We are pleased to report that we will be following up with a number of excellent candidates later this week!


Congratulations on Earning Your Instruction Permits!

Congratulations to students in Nova’s Teen Program who have earned their instruction permits!  Pictured (left to right) are Nova students Katie F., Natalie R., and Casey K.


Nova’s Teen Program coursework, which includes 15 classroom sessions (2 hours per session), is designed to allow students to earn their instruction permits after the fourth class session.  To earn an instruction permit in Illinois, a student must pass a vision test and a written exam at a Secretary of State Driver Services facility.  The written exam focuses on traffic signs, traffic laws, and safe-driving principles outlined in the Illinois Rules of the Road.


To learn more about Nova’s Teen Program options, we invite you to visit us on the Web at https://novadriving.com/our-programs/teen-programs/ or call us at (773) 489-2712.


Illinois State Police Visit Nova to Discuss Distracted Driving

Distracted driving can have life-altering consequences for both distracted motorists and their victims, Illinois State Troopers David Roman and Aldo Schumann emphasized during a June 5 presentation to students in Nova’s Teen Program.  Using PowerPoint slides that featured actual video clips and still photos of traffic crashes, Troopers Schumann and Roman illustrated how sending a text message or using cell phone while behind the wheel takes drivers’ eyes—and minds—off the task of safely operating their vehicles.


Students had an opportunity to watch the moment a distracted, 19-year-old driver who was reading a text message struck State Trooper Starlena Wilson while she was conducting a traffic stop on the Dan Ryan Expressway.  Trooper Wilson suffered a broken pelvis, broken legs, and head injuries in the crash.  Following a painful recovery that included 17 surgeries, she was able to return to duty with the State Police.


Not everyone survives distracted driving crashes, however.  Troopers Roman and Schumann noted that over 3,000 people die each year in the United States in distracted driving crashes, and approximately 420,000 drivers are injured in such crashes.  In 2014, they noted, the Illinois State Police wrote 14,847 citations for distracted driving.


Students also learned more about Illinois’ Graduated Driver Licensing Law, which phases in full licensing privileges over time, and the Move Over Law (Scott’s Law), which requires motorists to move one lane away from emergency, maintenance, and road service vehicles displaying rotating, oscillating, or flashing lights.