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How to Apply for an Illinois Identification Card

The Illinois Secretary of State, Vehicle Services Department and Driver Services Department (VSD) issues non-driver identification cards to State residents who don't have a valid ID card, driver license or instruction permit from the State or any other jurisdiction. The ID card can be used to prove your identity, age, and residence in a variety of situations. The identification card is valid for five years.

APPLYING FOR AN ILLINOIS ID CARD

  1. Locate the Driver Services Facility nearest you, as you will have to apply for the ID card in person. You cannot apply online.
  2. Complete the Driver License/Identification form, which can be taken from the Driver Services Facility nearest to you.
  3. Bring proper identification. You will be asked to present four pieces of identification, in accordance with four categories as specified by the VSD:
    • Proof of residence.
    • Proof of your social security number (SSN). If you have never been issued a SSN, you may be required to obtain one, or, if ineligible, provide a letter with a Social Security Administration letterhead dated at least 90 days prior to the application.
    • Proof of date of birth.
    • Proof of written signature.
  4. Pay the ID card application fee, currently $20.00 (for adults), $10.00 (under 18), or free (seniors over 65), by cash, check, money order or credit card, although only Discover cards are accepted at most facilities. The Illinois VSD does not accept payments by debit card. Confirm the exact fee with your local VSD Office.

RENEWING AN ILLINOIS ID CARD

  1. You will receive a reminder letter from the department 90 to 60 days prior to the expiry date on your card.
  2. Locate the Driver Services Facility nearest you, as you will have to apply for the ID card in person. You cannot apply online.
  3. Bring your expired ID for identification. In the event that you no longer have your expired ID, you should bring one proof of identification from category A (proof of residence) and an additional proof of identification from group B, C or D as specified by the VSD.
  4. Pay the ID card renewal fee, currently $20.00 (for adults), $10.00 (under 18), or free (seniors over 65), by cash, check, money order or credit card, although only Discover cards are accepted at most facilities. The Illinois VSD does not accept payments by debit card. Confirm the exact fee with your local VSD Office.

REPLACING A LOST, STOLEN, OR DESTROYED ID CARD

You may be issued a replacement identification card if your original ID card has been lost, stolen or destroyed, or if you have had a name or address change.
  1. Locate the Driver Services Facility nearest you, as you will have to apply for the ID card in person. You cannot apply online.
  2. Bring proper identification. You will be asked to present four pieces of identification, in accordance with four categories as specified by the VSD:
    • Proof of residence.
    • Proof of your social security number (SSN). If you have never been issued a SSN, you may be required to obtain one, or, if ineligible, provide a letter with a Social Security Administration letterhead dated at least 90 days prior to the application.
    • Proof of date of birth.
    • Proof of written signature.
  3. If your name or address has changed, you must provide proof.
  4. There are no replacement fees if you are over 60 and produce a police report. Otherwise, you must pay the usual fee, currently $20.00 (for adults), $10.00 (under 18), or free (seniors over 65), by cash, check, money order or credit card, although only Discover cards are accepted at most facilities. The Illinois VSD does not accept payments by debit card. Confirm the exact fee with your local VSD Office.

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