If you have recently moved to or within Illinois, you have probably told your friends and family about your new address. However, a change of address is something that should be reported to other persons and companies with which you are dealing on a daily basis for a variety of matters.
Such examples are the USPS, banks and credit card companies, healthcare providers, schools, places of employment, membership and magazine subscriptions, insurance policy companies and more. One of the institutions that must be among the first to be informed of your changed address is the IL Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV), where you handle all your driving-related activities, including your car title, car registration, drivers license and more.
Since they are the primary institution to issue these documents, they must be aware of any name or official address change that you make in order to promptly update your driving records. Additionally, it is against IL law not to report a change of address to the DMV and if a law enforcement officer stops you on the road and discovers a mismatch in your documents, you will be penalized and will have to pay fees. Luckily, there are three easy ways to change your address with the DMV:
If you are an IL newcomer or an existing resident moving to a new place, you must report the new address to the Driver Services Department in order to update your driving records and documents. You must do so within 10 days of the move as these changes must be reflected in their official database. If you would like to change your address on the actual driving license and request a duplicate, you must pay the appropriate fee and present the following documents to a Secretary of State facility near you:
Note: Changing the address on your actual drivers license means that you will need to apply for a duplicate drivers license. Since the DMV will need to issue an entirely new driving license, you must visit a Driver Services facility in person and request a drivers license replacement.
After you gather the necessary documentation, you can start the address changing procedure in one of the following ways:
Secretary of State, Driver Services Department, Address Change
2701 S. Dirksen Pkwy