Obtaining A New Illinois Drivers License
Applying for a new drivers license in Illinois? The Driver Services Department (DSD) has a process in place for getting a driverse license, which requires exams and documentation. We've collected up-to-date information, and links to useful resources, to help save you time when going through the process. Select from the options below to get started.
Online application assistance can simplify the process for many DMV related services, including: renewing your license, applying for a license, registering a vehicle, replacing your license, changing your address and more. In addition to the free forms and general instructions available from the DMV offices or websites, you will receive a comprehensive Easy Guide™ containing information relevant to your service needs. Where possible, we will prepare your DMV forms and/or provide links to DMV online services. Via our partners at Road America, you will also receive 30 days of both emergency Roadside Assistance and the Repair Assist consultation service. In addition, you will be able to take advantage of a free membership to DMV Advisors, a state-specific help desk prepared to answer any driver-related questions or concerns you may have. Other benefits include an ongoing monthly newsletter and a quarterly magazine covering important updates that affect drivers, important safety tips and ways to save money on vehicle-related services.
2: Take the DSD Practice Test
Getting a new drivers license in Illinois is easy when you are prepared. Arrive at a DSD location ready to pass their tests with flying colors by taking this practice test.
3: Via a local DSD office
If you prefer to access DSD services in person or your specific needs require an in-person visit, most, if not all, driver license services can be handled at a physical DSD office location. Varying DSD offices sometimes supply different types of services so you will need to check before your visit to make sure the DSD closest to you provides the service you require. In addition, you can call to see if your local DSD allows you to make a personal appointment. Read more below to see if an in-person visit is either preferred or required.
How To Obtain A New Illinois Drivers License In Person
A new driver must bring the Illinois drivers license forms and required documentation to the licensing office. For a complete list of required documentation click here. Required documentation is separated into the following groups:
Group A (show proof of legal name/written signature):
- Driver Education Certification
- Current Illinois Drivers License
- Social Security Card
Group B (show proof of full name and date of birth)
- Adoption records
- Birth Certificate
- Current Illinois Drivers License
- Passport (with date of birth)
Group C (show proof of Social Security number and full name):
- Illinois Drivers License record
- Social Security card
Group D (showing proof of residency)
An applicant must provide one document that satisfies the criteria of Group A, B, and C when applying for a new Illinois drivers license. You also must provide two documents that satisfy the criteria of group D, making sure it has all pertinent information.
Once the documents are presented, the driver must surrender any valid out-of-state licenses, ID cards, instruction permits or Commercial Drivers Licenses. Signature verification is a vital step in obtaining a new drivers license, so it is necessary to provide a Illinois drivers license form or document that meets all criteria of A, B, and C.
Drivers License Tests
A applicant cannot get an Illinois drivers license online, nor can they take the tests online. The driver must pass the following:
- Vision screening
- Written exam
- Driving test
There is a required fee to pay once the Illinois drivers license form is accepted and the tests are passed. Cash or credit is the acceptable form of pay. Bringing all the Illinois drivers license information to the nearest driver services facility will assure the driver a new Illinois drivers license.
Are You Moving to a Different State?
If you are relocating to another state, you might also want to consider acquiring a new drivers license. For more information on that process, click here.
- How to get your Illinois Learners Permit
- Find out more about Illinois Drivers Education
- Take a Practice Test