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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.

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Only 6 months but you have to take drivers Ed. But if you wait till you're 18 you don't have too.

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I had to have my permit for a year before I could get my license.

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about 6 months

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It should be 6 months as long as you have no traffic violations. Talk to the people at your local DMV

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