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. To learn more see How to get a state ID or driver's license.
What is required to get a state ID?
Unless you have a military ID, you need a Social Security card to get a state ID. You'll need a birth certificate or proof of immigration status.
If you live in Chicago, you may be able to get the Chicago CityKey card. For more information visit the City Clerk of Chicago's website.
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. You might need a state ID card or driver's license as a form of identification in order to:
- Get a job;
- Cash a check;
- Rent an apartment;
- Get free tax help;
- Enroll in school;
- Get a bank account, or
- Get public benefits.
What if I just moved to Illinois and I’m licensed to drive 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 license from another state.
Updated: March 2018