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    Identification Cards in Illinois

    Illinois state ID cards provide photo identification if you don’t have a driver’s license or other form of ID. If you are a resident of IL, having a state-issued ID card will prove your identity in situations such as banking, traveling, and voting.

    IL ID Card Eligibility Requirements

    To apply for an Illinois identification card you must:

    • Be a resident of Illinois.
    • Have a Social Security number (SSN).

    There is no minimum age required to apply for an Illinois ID card.

    Apply for an Illinois ID Card

    To apply for a brand new Illinois ID card, you must visit an IL Driver Services facility. You will need to bring:

    • An original document proving your written signature (e.g. credit card, court order, or driver’s license).
    • An original document proving your date of birth (e.g. birth certificate, passport, or high school transcript).
    • An original document proving your Social Security number (e.g. Social Security card, IL driver’s license record, or military service record).
    • Original documents proving your Illinois residency (e.g. bank statement, credit report, or utility bills).
    • Payment for the applicable fee (please see “Illinois Identification Card Fees” below).

    A full list of acceptable documents is available online.

    If you have a disability and are applying for a free Illinois ID card, you must also bring 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 and applying for a free Illinois ID card, you must also bring a completed Homeless Status Certification form (Form DSD A 230).

    Illinois Identification Card Fees

    New Illinois ID Cards

    A brand new Illinois identification card will be valid for 5 years and will cost:

    • $20 if you are 18 years old or older.
    • $10 if you are under 18 years old.

    You qualify for a free IL identification card if you:

    Lost or Stolen ID Card Replacement Fees

    If your Illinois ID card is lost or stolen, a replacement card will cost the following amounts:

    • 18 years old or older: $20.
    • Under 18 years old: $10.
    • 60 years old or older: Free.
    • Active-duty military and their spouse/dependents: Free.

    Additionally, if your Illinois ID card was stolen and you have a police report attesting to that fact, you may obtain a duplicate for free, regardless of age.

    Please visit our guide on lost or stolen IDs in Illinois if you need to replace your driver’s license or identification card.

    Change of ID Card Information Fees

    If you need to change any information on your Illinois ID card, such as your name or address, a corrected ID card will cost:

    • $10 if you’re 18 years old or older.
    • $5 if you’re under 18 years old.

    Renew Your IL Identification Card

    The Illinois Secretary of State’s office will send you a renewal notice before your IL ID card expires. You can also renew your identification card before you receive this notice.

    To renew your IL identification card, you need to visit a Driver Services facility in person. You cannot renew your ID card online or by mail.

    You must bring:

    • Your current Illinois ID card.
    • Your renewal notice (if you have one).
    • Payment for your new IL ID card (see “Illinois Identification Card Fees” above).

    If you do not have your IL identification card, or you need to change your information on it, you must also bring:

    • An original document proving your written signature (e.g. credit card, court order, or driver’s license).
    • An original document that proves either your:
      • Date of birth (e.g. birth certificate, college transcript, or U.S. passport).
      • Social Security number (e.g. Social Security card, IL driver’s license record, or military service record).
      • Current address (e.g. bank statement, credit report, or utility bill).
    • A separate original document that proves your Illinois residency if you need to change your address on your ID card.

    A full list of acceptable documents is available online.

    You will receive your new IL ID card when you leave the Driver Services office.

    Change Your Illinois ID Card Information

    If you change your name or address, you must notify the Illinois Secretary of State’s office within 10 days of the change.

    Change Your Name

    If your name has changed, you must visit a Secretary of State Driver Services facility to update your ID card. You cannot submit a name change online.

    You must bring:

    • Your current photo ID.
    • A copy of your marriage certificate or other court document that proves your new name.
    • Payment for your replacement IL ID card (see “Change of ID Card Information Fees” above).

    Change Your Address

    You can update your address online if you do not need a replacement ID card with your new address.

    If you’d like a replacement ID card, you must visit a Secretary of State Driver Services facility and bring 2 original documents proving your new address (e.g. bank statements, credit report, or utility bills) and payment for your replacement card (see “Change of ID Card Information Fees” above). A full list of acceptable documents is available online.

    Replace a Lost or Stolen IL ID Card

    If your ID is lost or stolen, you should report it to the local police department as soon as possible. If you are in Illinois you can apply for a replacement IL state ID card in person at a Driver Services Facility.

    You must bring:

    • An original document proving your written signature (e.g. credit card, court order, or driver’s license).
    • An original document that proves either your:
      • Date of birth (e.g. birth certificate, college transcript, or U.S. passport).
      • Social Security number (e.g. Social Security card, IL driver’s license record, or military service record).
      • Current address (e.g. bank statement, credit report, or utility bill).
    • Payment for the replacement ID card (see “Lost or Stolen ID Card Replacement Fees” above).
    • A police report if your IL ID card has been stolen and you are under 60 years old (to qualify for a free replacement).

    For further details on steps to take, please visit our page on Replacing a Lost License in Illinois.

    Voting with an Illinois ID Card

    When you apply for an Illinois identification card, you will have the option to register to vote. Once registered, you can use your IL ID card to vote in Illinois state and national elections.

    You can also use your Illinois ID card to register to vote at a later date. Just send a copy of your IL identification card along with a completed Illinois Voter Registration Application (Form R-19) to your local election authority to register to vote.

    For more information about how to register to vote in Illinois, visit our page on Voter Registration in Illinois.

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