How do I apply for an Illinois Driver’s License?

Apply for an Illinois Driver’s License /or for a Temporary Visitors License 

To apply for a Drivers’ license in Illinois, you will need to do the following:

1.    Go to a Drivers Services Facility (Check our Blog to see the local address)

2.    A Social Security Number (If you are not eligible to apply for SSN, you should bring a letter from the Social Security office saying you are not eligible)  

3.    Bring at least 2 forms of Identification – being one that shows your day of birth. We recommend Passport, I-20, and Birth certificate. If you were leaving in a different state, bring your Driver’s License. 

4.    Bring a proof of residency – Currently address and zip code (Bring your lease, water/ energy bill or any recent (90 days) utility bill under your name and address). Also bring the official admission letter/ or acceptance letter issued by your institution. Personal letters are not accepted. 

5.    Pay the appropriate fees 

6.    Pass the 3 exams (see below) 

7.    Bring a proof of insurance on the vehicle you use for the driver’s test 


You need to be 18+ years old. If you are a minor, you will need to bring consent letter from your parent or guardian to start the application process. 


If you are 18+ with no previous license, you will also need to take driver’s education classes from certified drivers. Check the list of certified drivers in the website.


You should consider beforehand if you want to be Organ/Tissue Donor. You will be asked that question and your Illinois Driver’s License or State ID card will show a red State of Illinois with Donor displayed if you are an Organ/Tissue Donor. Not sure if you want to be a donor? Check here 


If your address or name change, you MUST to notify the Secretary of State. By Law, you need to update your address within 10 days.

Check more information about Address Change in the website



Visit the website for more details on Documents needed. 





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