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Illinois Documents Required for Driver License

To receive an Illinois driver’s license/ID card, applicants must provide acceptable forms of identification to prove their legal name, date of birth, Social Security number, residency and signature. Applicants should note the following:

  • Signature comparison is required in the verification process.
  • The number of documents required depends on whether an applicant is applying for a driver’s license/ID card for the first time or requesting a duplicate or corrected driver’s license/ID card.
  • One document may satisfy more than one requirement.
  • New residents must surrender all Illinois or out-of-state licenses/ID cards and/or instruction permits prior to issuance of an Illinois driver’s license/ID card.
  • A person must provide a valid mailing address at the time of application.
  • An applicant applying for a temporary visitor driver’s license should refer to the Temporary Visitor Driver’s License Quick Guide for document requirements.

First-time Illinois Driver’s License/ID Card Applicant

An applicant applying for a driver’s license/ID card for the first time in Illinois must present:

  1. One document that satisfies proof of signature, date of birth and social security number.
  2. One document that satisfies proof of residency.

Those applying for a disabled ID card must also present a form entitled Application for an Illinois Person with a Disability Identification Card. This form must be properly completed and signed by a medical professional.

Duplicate/Corrected Driver’s License/ID Card

An applicant applying for either a duplicate or corrected driver’s license/ID card must present:

  1. One document that satisfies proof of written signature.
  2. One document that satisfies proof of date of birth and social security number.
  3. One document that satisfies proof of residency if the applicant is requesting an address change to appear on the document.

An applicant requesting a change in name, date of birth, Social Security number or gender must provide identification to link the change from the previous information to the new information.

An applicant under age 60 whose license was stolen must present a police report to receive a duplicate driver’s license/ID card at no cost. Persons over age 60 do not need a police report for a duplicate driver’s license/ID card at no cost.

Illinois Driver’s License/ID Card Renewal

Applicants renewing a current Illinois driver’s license or ID card that does not require changes must only present their current valid driver’s license or ID card. If applicants do not have their current driver’s license or ID card or changes are required, they must present:

  1. One document that satisfies proof of written signature.
  2. One document that satisfies proof of date of birth and social security number.
  3. One document that satisfies proof of residency if the applicant is requesting an address change to appear on the document.

For more information see our main Illinois driver’s licenses archive page. Further information is provided including payable fees, required exams, renewal info and more.

This article about Illinois Documents Required for Driver License was last updated in 2018. If any of our information is incomplete or outdated please let us know. Thank you!