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Hi I am hoping that someone can help. I'm in Illinois and I was wondering if I need to redo a practical and written test for a new driving license or what? The website doesn't give much info on it, was just wondering if anyone else has had experience . Thanks .

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I'm in Georgia and had to do the theory and driving test. It took about two hours for both and I was done. As I had an international license I could do both in one day. Good luck!

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I had to do both.

“If you know the enemy and know yourself, you need not fear the result of a hundred battles. If you know yourself but not the enemy, for every victory gained you will also suffer a defeat. If you know neither the enemy nor yourself, you will succumb in every battle.”

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From someone with a UK driver's license too. You'll have to re-do it. Definitely get used to the rules of the road, such as turning right on a red, and passing in the hard-shoulder when someone is turning left!

Thankfully the practical part is a lot easier than back in the UK, I just went out for a quick drive for 10 minutes with the adjudicator, then parked in a space, no maneuvers or parallel parking on my test here in NH!

Best of luck, I'm sure you'll sail through it, at least you aren't driving in New England... :dancing:

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Getting a DL here in the States is pretty easy compared to Europe, i remember back in the days, it took me 6 months to get my DL in Italy. Here in the states 3 days! Just grab the book at the DMV learn the main things, the rest is just common sense. The road test is super easy, they don't even take you on the actual road. My road test was driving 5 minutes in an empty parking lot behind the dmv, in Italy i had to drive in the traffic for 30 minutes. You're gonna be fine!

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My road test was driving 5 minutes in an empty parking lot behind the dmv, in Italy i had to drive in the traffic for 30 minutes. You're gonna be fine!

My road test was super easy too (5 minutes around the neighborhood behind the driving school), but it varies a lot by state, test location (DMV or driving school), and other factors. Some places test parallel parking, others don't. I took my test at the same driving school where a friend took his test a couple years ago, but he had to drive in the traffic for 15-20 minutes, including going on the highway.

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I have an expired DL from Pennsylvania, it expired in 2011. Wonder if I still need to redo everything, since I won't be moving back to PA but first IL and then, hopefully FL.

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