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ILLINOIS ID CARDS

An identification card, or better known as ID card is a legal document stating your identity, i.e. full name, date of birth, place of birth and other important information about you. This document is used for identification purposes only and cannot be used as drivers license replacement nor can it give you the right to operate a motor vehicle.

An identification card, or better known as ID card is a legal document stating your identity, i.e. full name, date of birth, place of birth and other important information about you. This document is used for identification purposes only and cannot be used as drivers license replacement nor can it give you the right to operate a motor vehicle.

The ID card is especially useful if you are still not eligible to obtain a drivers license because of age limitations or if you simply do not need one, but still need proof of identity. ID cards can be easily obtained through the Secretary of State’s Department of Driver Services. Before you do that, you must first get acquainted with:

  • The required documents to get ID card
  • How to get a corrected, renewed or duplicate ID card

Required Documents to Get an ID Card

Getting ID cards is a process like any other and before you consider paying a visit to your local Driver Services facility, you will need to have certain documents on hand. The number and kinds of documents vary, depending on whether you are a first-time applicant or you are requesting a corrected or a duplicate ID card. For practicality purposes, listed below are the documents needed for first-time ID card applicants:

  • One document showing your personal written signature (passport, Social Security Card, credit card, mortgage documents, drivers license)
  • One document stating your date of birth (birth certificate, passport, adoption records, military service record)
  • One document showing your Social Security Number (Social Security Card, drivers license, Social Security Award Letter for primary beneficiary)
  • Two documents showing current residency (utility bill, bank statement, rental/lease/mortgage agreement, insurance policy, retirement or pension statement)

Note: There are no age requirements to obtain an ID card.

How to Apply for a Corrected, Renewed or Duplicate ID Card

If you already have an ID card and its expiration date is approaching, you must apply to renew it. Similarly, if your ID card has been damaged, lost or stolen, you must immediately report the case to the authorities and order a duplicate ID card. ID card holders who changed their name or address may apply for a corrected card. The documents required for these ID card applications are only slightly different from those of a first-time applicant. To get a renewed, corrected or a duplicate ID card, you need the following documents:

  • One document with your personal signature
  • One document with your date of birth
  • One document with your Social Security Number
  • One document proving your residency

Note: The only instance when an applicant may need two documents proving residency is if he or she requests an address change stated on the document. Applicants who need name, gender or birth date changes stated on the document must provide a document proving their previous information. Additionally, elderly citizens over 60 years of age whose ID card has been stolen, do not need to present a police report in order to receive a duplicate ID card and will receive one for free.