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RENEWING YOUR ILLINOIS DRIVERS LICENSE

If your drivers license is about to expire, you must renew it according to Illinois law. Since it is illegal to drive without a drivers license, an expired one is just as invalid. You should apply for drivers license renewal at least 90 days before the actual expiration date of your license and you can do so by visiting a local Secretary of State’s office where you can find information on the documents or tests needed to renew an expired drivers license.

If your drivers license is about to expire, you must renew it according to Illinois law. Since it is illegal to drive without a drivers license, an expired one is just as invalid. You should apply for drivers license renewal at least 90 days before the actual expiration date of your license and you can do so by visiting a local Secretary of State’s office where you can find information on the documents or tests needed to renew an expired drivers license.

Every driving license is valid up to four years depending on the license type and driver’s age, but every driver is responsible to personally renew his or her license to drive, regardless of whether he or she received a renewal notice in the mail. There are different options to renew drivers license, but two are the most common:

  • Standard drivers license renewal
  • ‘Safe Driver’ drivers license renewal

Standard Drivers License Renewal

The standard way to apply for renewing a drivers license requires a personal visit to your local Driver Services facility where you will:

  • Present a current valid drivers license (or ID card).
  • Present a renewal notice (received previously).
  • Present a slip proving paid fees.
  • Take exams (if needed).
  • Have your photo taken.

Your renewed driving license will be processed and issued to you after your documentation has been verified and before you leave the facility.

‘Safe Driver’ Renewal Program

The ‘Safe Driver Renewal Program’ is specifically designed for drivers who do not have any traffic tickets or violations and take pride in having a clean driving record. These drivers have certain benefits and advantages when it comes to renewing their drivers license as they have shown good behavior, commitment and compliance with the IL state laws. There are, of course, certain eligibility criteria for a driver to become a part of the ‘Safe Driver Program’:

  • You must be 22 to 74 years of age.
  • You must have a verified Social Security Number by the Social Security Online Verification System (SSOVS)
  • You must not have any traffic violations, sanctions, crash reports or tickets.
  • You must not hold additional driving licenses such as a temporary drivers license or a commercial drivers license

If you are a safe driver, you have the following options to renew your expired drivers license:

  • Online, by visiting the official State of Secretary’s Driver Services website where you will find the appropriate renewal form
  • By phone, by calling the Secretary of State Division for Safe Driver Renewal at 217-785-1424
  • In person (note that drivers in the Safe Driver Program are only required to visit the Driver Services facility once every eight years)
  • By mail, by sending the complete documentation to:

Secretary of State, Safe Driver Renewal, Central Services Section
2701 S. Dirksen Parkway
Springfield, Illinois
62723

Safe drivers can receive their renewed drivers license by regular mail. Drivers holding a CDL, TDL or motorcycle driving license are encouraged to refer to the Commercial Driver’s License Study Guide, the Temporary Visitor Driver’s License Quick Guide or the Motorcycle Operator Manual respectively.