Parents moved from Fl where they had drivers lic thru 2017. They have not got a Il drivers lic. In a accident what will happen

Asked about 1 year ago - Naperville, IL

They are in their eighties and our following the advice of their estate attorney that they do not need one even though they have establish residency in IL. In reading the law it looks like they are unlicensed drivers. They are already had a parking lot accident that cost them 12K because they failed to take their car off vacation coverage and the insurance would not cover them. They are fearful they will not pass the test of which we agree with them. Pleas advise

Attorney answers (3)

  1. Joseph Younes

    Contributor Level 14

    Answered . If they do not have a license they should not be driving.

  2. Judy A. Goldstein

    Contributor Level 20

    Answered . If your parents are fearful they will not pass the driving test, then they should not be driving and you should not be enabling them. Hopefully you are working with your parents to establish alternate means of transportation for them. Their estate attorney should not be advising them about their ability to drive safely.

  3. Frank A. Natoli


    Contributor Level 20


    Lawyer agrees

    Answered . You should be able to find adequate answers to your question here on the IL DMV website.

    In most states, you are suppose to surrender or exchange your license for an in-state one once you have declared residency. In most cases, the state will keep the old one. I am not sure if they tried to do this that they will not be required to re-test under IL standards. You will have to check and see.

    That said, it does not necessarily mean that they have increased their exposure by simply driving with their FL license and so long as it is valid they are legal drivers. I would be concerned however that the insurance company may pull coverage if they have not been forthcoming regards to their state of residency and current license status.

    You may want to ask your ins provider as well.

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