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HOW TO REPLACE AN ILLINOIS DRIVER’S LICENSE

If you would like to explore the roads of Illinois or even driving around your own city or town, having a valid drivers license is mandatory. To legally operate a vehicle, your driving license must be up-to-date and you must carry it with you when you drive. There are, however, life instances when you accidentally damage or lose your license to drive, or somebody steals it from you.

If you would like to explore the roads of Illinois or even driving around your own city or town, having a valid drivers license is mandatory. To legally operate a vehicle, your driving license must be up-to-date and you must carry it with you when you drive. There are, however, life instances when you accidentally damage or lose your license to drive, or somebody steals it from you.

In all three cases, your drivers license must be promptly replaced and a duplicate must be issued for you to continue driving your car legally. To do that, you must report the case to the IL DMV or the police department, depending on the issue in question.

How to Apply for Drivers License Replacement

To start the drivers license replacement application, you should provide the following documents to your local Driver Services facility:

  • Proof of identification (ID card, birth certificate, passport)
  • Proof of residency (bank statement, utility bill, lease/rental agreement)
  • A Social Security Card
  • A written signature (as shown on passport, Social Security Card, national ID)
  • Proof of paid fees

Note: If your drivers license is damaged and illegible, you should still present it to the Driver Services facility worker. Additionally, note that if your drivers license has been stolen or lost, you may need to submit additional documents, including a police report.

Lost or Stolen Drivers License

For lost or stolen drivers licenses, the replacement procedure might be slightly different, as it requires you to report a stolen or lost driving license to law enforcement authorities before you go to the DMV to apply for a duplicate. It is crucial to report the case to the police beforehand, because you will need the report document together with information on the police officer who handled your case when you visit the Driver Services facility to apply for a duplicate drivers license. Additionally, the police department can easily void your drivers license to prevent identity theft. In conclusion, to replace a lost or stolen drivers license, visit your nearest Driver Services facility and present all documents required for drivers license replacement with the addition of a police report.

Note: You cannot apply for a duplicate drivers license online, by mail or by phone. You must bring the documents to the Driver Services facility in person for verification purposes.

Out of State Drivers License Replacement

If you are a driver who is currently out of state but have an official place of residence in IL, you are required to report a stolen, lost or damaged drivers license nonetheless. You can still apply to receive a drivers license copy, but the process is different for you and requires you to:

  • Call the License and Medical Review Section at 217-782-2720.
  • Request a print drivers license replacement application mailed to you (at the out-of-state address you provide).
  • Send an email to the Secretary of State office where you will state your full name, driving license number, date of birth and out-of-state address.