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Welcome to Illinois, "the Prairie State" in the middle of the U.S. heartland.
Bordered by just about everything (Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Kentucky, Missouri, Wisconsin, and Lake Michigan), this beautiful state is the 24th largest in the union in terms of land mass. Yet it's the fifth largest by population―supporting 12,482,301 citizens, according to a 2001 population estimate.
Whether it is the high energy of Chicago (the view from Sears Tower, anyone?) or the peaceful small towns you're seeking, we're confident you'll enjoy living here. And with thousands of miles of scenic roads, you'll want to understand your privileges and responsibilities as a motorist. You'll also want to register your boat―the Great Lakes are beckoning.
Driver's License or ID Card
After you move here, you have 90 days to get an Illinois driver's license. you must provide your proof of identity and residency, Social Security number, birthdate, and signature. This is in addition to the usual vision screening, a written test, and (if necessary) a road test. You must also pay the $10 fee for a new license.
For ID cards in Illinois, you must provide the same information proving that you are who you say you are. Of course, the licensing tests are not necessary for an Illinois identification card. On the other hand, it costs twice as much as a license―$20 for most.
After moving permanently to Illinois, you have 30 days to properly register your vehicle.
Active-duty military personnel who are stationed in Illinois aren't considered residents and can keep their existing driver's licenses.
These special rules also apply to spouses and dependent children living at home.
For new residents, Illinois' Secretary of State has created an FAQ page just for you. And for information on myriad topics including employment, children, health, senior citizens, insurance, law enforcement, and marriage, the state's Living in Illinois page is a great starting point.
The official state website offers abundant information about Illinois. Find out when the next Illinois State Fair will be. Its hundreds of pages of information will keep you busy learning about your new state. For example, did you know Illinois was once part of French Louisiana? Now you do!
Welcome to Illinois!
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