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How to Apply for a New Driver's License in Illinois

You can apply for a new driver's license at any Driver Services Facility in Illinois. Obtain a copy of Rules of the Road to familiarize with the driving rules and regulations.


Following are the basic requirements for applying for an Illinois driver's license:

  1. Applicants must be 15 years or older.
  2. Any individual under 18 should provide parental consent and must complete the graduated driver licensing process. For additional details, see Beginner Drivers and/or Learner's Permits for Beginner Drivers.
  3. Everyone must pass the vision, written, and driving tests. See Practice Tests and Driver's Handbook for more information on the written examination. Driver education programs can help individuals prepare for their road test.
  4. Applicants must provide acceptable proof of identification.


Illinois residents holding a driver's license from another state may also need to pass the vision and written test. The written and/or driving tests may be waived at the discretion of the examiner. However, like other applicants, new residents must provide proof of identification. You will have to give up your other State license when you receive your new license. A Non-US citizen temporarily residing in Illinois can apply for an Illinois Temporary Visitor Driver's License (TVDL). To be eligible for this, your visa should be valid for another six months and a Social Security number should not have been issued to you. You will have to pass the vision and written road tests to obtain this license. The license is valid for three years or till your visa expires. If you hold a driver's license from another country and are visiting Illinois, you are allowed to legally drive upto one year in Illinois. You will have to carry your license with you whenever you are driving.


The various applicable fees are as follows:
  • Basic Driver's License: $30
  • Driver's License for persons aged 18-20: $5
  • Driver's License for persons aged 21-68: $30
  • Driver's License for persons aged 69-80: $5
  • Driver's License for persons aged 81-86: $2
  • Driver's License for persons aged 87 and older: Free


The validity of an Illinois driver's license is based on the driver's age at the time the license was issued.
  • For drivers under 21, the license expires three months after their 21st birthday, after which it may be renewed.
  • For drivers between 21 and 80 the driver's license is valid for four years. It expires on their birthday.
  • For drivers between 81and 86 years of age, the license is valid for two years.
  • Driver's licenses for those who are 87 and older are valid for one year.


With certain restrictions, an individual can legally drive in Illinois with a learner's license. See more information on instructional permits or graduated licensing program here.


Reviews of How to Apply for a New Driver's License in Illinois

what do i need to bring when i get my license

I just moved to Chicago and during the process my license expired on the 27th of May.

I have a clean driving record with no moving citations or anything.

So I want to know will have to take the vision/written exam again? Or can I just pay the 30.00 and receive an Illinois license and only take the vision exam?

I live in Illinois. I have a Nigerian licence and have held it over 10 years now. I am a US resident now and would like to get a drivers licence. Would i take vision, written and driving tests?

I live and work in East Africa, Work Juba South Sudan; Live in Kampala Uganda. I have not been able to get to my mailing address in River Forest Ill. since my drivers lisence expired on June 5 2014. So how do I renew online? Can you send me the code that would have been sent in the mail to : 1129 Park Ave., River Forest, Il. 60305 Thanks JFC

Please advise I need to renew online. I believe I have a very safe driver record...I have been living in Africa, and working for Non Governmental organizations since 2006. How do I do it? Thanks,

Joe Corcoran

Info here is waaay out of date.

Do you have to set an appt for a new driver's license if you're 18 yrs of age?

this website was as helpful as me sitting at the dmv forever waiting for my number to be called only to find out I didn't have appropriate proof of residency because it states that no where on this site. thanks for posting that by the way, you should probably consider doing so.

Hey! I have and Order of Protection against my father and I am 16. I will be 17 in December. When i got the order of protection my father didnt give me my Social Security Card. I know my number and all but i didnt know if i could get my License with that and another form of identification. My dad took all my birth certificates and told me he will never give me my card. he is going to prison in 2 weeks and i would like to atleast have a license. for identity since without my card it is hard to live a life at all. please help.

Hello there,

I have a family coming to IL ,USA to visit us and they are having visitor visa ( valid for 6 months). They want to stay here for 3 months.

I want to see if they can get temporary drivers licence or any kind of certificate to drive?

Or if they can use the translated back home driver's licence during their visiting ?

Of course the visitor visa is non-immigrant visa but driving is the big issue in the United state.

Thank you.

What we need for proof of identification link is broken, please fix it.


I need to get my drivers license number

i need to obtain my driver licsence nuber so i can open a sr-22 insurance account. thank you

Need My Drivers License Number

Need My Drivers License Number

will I take a written test again?