If you’re going to just walk in and take a driver’s test with no training, you’re going to have to be at least 21. That’s the effect of a new law which takes effect Tuesday. “Some statistics that we came across show that something like 18,000 18-year-olds in an average year were coming into a DMV without taking any kind of driving training, and that struck us as something that we can make an improve on,” says Dave Druker, a spokesman for the Illinois secretary of state’s office.
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The previous law allowed people age 18 and up to take the test regardless of their training, or lack thereof. Druker says the idea of more and better training goes along with the secretary’s push for graduated driver’s licenses.