how long do I need to hold on to a permit before I can actually get a license?
just passed my permit test. I'm already 16. Live in Illinois.
Only 6 months but you have to take drivers Ed. But if you wait till you're 18 you don't have too.
I had to have my permit for a year before I could get my license.
about 6 months
It should be 6 months as long as you have no traffic violations. Talk to the people at your local DMV