An Illinois ID card is issued by the Illinois Department of Motor Vehicles and can be used as official identification both in Illinois and throughout the U.S. Your ID card varies depending on your age and circumstances, but the requirements are generally the same. It's not mandatory to have an Illinois ID card, but it's useful for any situation that requires photo ID.
Illinois State ID Requirements
To get an Illinois ID card, you have to be a resident of Illinois and have a Social Security number. There's no minimum age requirement for getting an Illinois state ID. You must be able to provide proof of your identity and residency in Illinois.
Applying for Illinois State ID
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To apply for an Illinois ID card, visit an Illinois Drivers Services facility. Make sure you have an original document showing your written signature, such as a credit card, driver's license or court order, an original document proving your date of birth, such as a birth certificate or passport, an original document proving your Social Security number, such as a Social Security card, Illinois driver's license record or military service record, and an original document proving you are an Illinois resident, such as a utility bill, bank statement or credit report. You also have to pay the applicable fee. As of August 2018, the fee for a new Illinois ID card is $20 if you are 18 or older and $10 if you are 17 or younger.
If you are 65 or older, homeless or have a disability, you do not have to pay for an Illinois ID card. If you have a disability, you must also take a completed Application for an Illinois Person with a Disability Identification Card (Form DSD X 164) that has been filled out by your doctor. If you are homeless, you must also take a completed Homeless Status Certification form (Form DSD A 230).
Illinois State ID Renewal
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An Illinois ID card is valid for five years from the date of issue. Before your ID card expires, you'll receive a renewal notice from the Illinois Secretary of State's office. However, you don't have to wait until you receive this notice to renew your card.
To renew your card, visit an Illinois Driver Services facility, taking your current Illinois ID card, a renewal notice if you have one, and the applicable payment. The fee for a renewal card is the same as the fee for a brand new card. It's not possible to renew your Illinois ID card by mail or online.