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Are you a teenager in Illinois about to take a driving test? You need an appointment at the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV), says the Illinois Secretary of State – and there's only one way to get it.

Earlier this month, the Illinois Secretary of State's office announced that 12 driver assistance centers in the state would offer new Saturday hours exclusively for teen drivers.

The opening hours are every Saturday from June 1 to August 31 from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. They are intended exclusively for young people who want to get a driver's license or a driving permit, the office said.

“Teen-only DMVs provide working parents who cannot take time off during the week to take their child to the DMV a convenient weekend option where they can schedule an appointment without having to wait,” Illinois Secretary of State Alexi Giannoulias said in a statement. “Getting that first driver's license is an exciting milestone and we want to make sure the experience is as easy as possible for Illinois teens and their parents.”

What you should know:

Which DMVs offer Saturday opening hours for youth and when?

Locations include Addison, Aurora, Bethalto, Belvidere, Bridgeview, Chicago West, Des Plaines, Elgin, Joliet, Lake Zurich, Plano and St. Charles.

In addition to the 10 locations that offer Saturdays for teens during the summer, 15 other DMVs in Illinois are open on Saturdays, including those north and south of Chicago.

How can you make your appointment?

This is only possible by telephone, the office said in a statement.

Parents and teens can schedule an appointment at one of the participating locations by calling (800) 252-8980.

Who can make appointments?

The lessons for young people are intended exclusively for young people who wish to obtain a driving license or a driving permit.

There will be special “selfie stations” for novice drivers in the offices, and novice drivers will also be given tips on orientation.

“The designated teen service hours will provide an additional 1,000 appointments per week to accommodate the nearly 9,000 current driver's license holders who will be getting a license this summer,” the Secretary of State's office said in a news release. “The Teen DMVs will also free up appointments during the week for those who need to go to the DMV in person.”

However, if no young person takes up an appointment, some of them could be available to the general public.

If there are still appointments available for young people, these will be made available to the general public every Saturday at 7:00 a.m.

How much time do you need?

As for the time commitment, 10-minute appointments are scheduled for young people who have already passed a driving test, while 30 minutes are scheduled for those who need to complete the test. Those who need a driving license can also schedule an appointment for a written test.

What should you bring along?

According to the State Department, young people should bring the following to their appointment:

  • Your logbook for teaching permission.
  • Your blue and white driving test exemption form from your high school, if you have one.
  • Your birth certificate.
  • Your physical social security card.
  • Two proofs of address, for example school certificates or the parents' driving license or identity card.

Although a REAL ID is not required, the Secretary of State's Office encourages youth to apply for one during the hours indicated.

Anna Harden

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