What are state IDs and driver's licenses?
State IDs and driver's licenses are both forms of identification issued by the State of Illinois. Driver's licenses permit you to operate a vehicle and might also list your blood type and whether you are an organ donor. Both identification forms have your picture, address, birthdate, and describe what you look like.
Why do I need a state ID or driver's license?
Unless you are an immigrant with legal permanent resident status, you are not required to carry an identification card with you. However, there are several reasons you might need a state ID card or driver's license. You might need one of these forms of identification to:
- Get a job,
- Cash a check,
- Get an apartment,
- Get free tax help,
- Enroll in school,
- Get a bank account, or
- Get public benefits.
Unless you have a military ID, you will need a Social Security card to get a state ID. And to get a Social Security card, you'll need a birth certificate or proof of immigration status.
If you do not have a birth certificate or proof of immigration status, you may want to Get Legal Help.
To learn more about this process, see How to get a state ID or driver's license.
What if I just moved to Illinois and I’m licensed to driver in a different state?
You can use your out-of-state license for up to 90 days. When you apply for a new license in Illinois, you’ll have to give up your old license.