Driver's License/State ID

NOTE: If you are a newly arrived student, employee or visitor and are eligible for a Social Security Number, you must wait 4 weeks after your I-20/DS-2019 start date to apply for a Driver's License or an Illinois State ID.  For a list of the required documents you will need to provide for your Driver’s License and Illinois State ID, please refer to the PDF from the Secretary of State’s Cyberdrive website.

Driver's License

You must have a Social Security Number in order to be eligible to apply for an Illinois State Driver's License. For more information about what documents you need to apply, please see the Secretary of State's website.

For a comparison of a Driver’s License versus a Temporary Visitor Driver’s License, please see the Secretary of State’s Cyberdrive website here.

Temporary Driver's License

The Secretary of State's Office issues a "Temporary Visitor Driver's License" (TVDL) for non-citizens of the United States who have been granted temporary, legal entry into this country and are temporarily residing in the State of Illinois and ineligible for a Social Security Number (SSN).

To apply, you will need the following documents:
-Proof from Social Security Office that you are ineligible for an SSN
-Passport
-2 documents to prove your current U.S. address
-I-20 or DS-2019

Appointments must be made in advance to apply for a TVDL. For more information, visit the Secretary of State's website.

For a comparison of a Driver’s License versus a Temporary Visitor Driver’s License, please see the Secretary of State’s Cyberdrive website here.

Illinois State ID

You must have a Social Security Number in order to be eligible to apply for an Illinois state ID. Illinois ID cards can help Illinois residents prove their identity when banking, traveling, or in other situations but are not valid for driving. For more information, please see the Secretary of State's website.