Driver's License or State ID
In the State of Illinois, there are three different forms of license/IDs:
- A Driver's License is used for driving and identification and is available to those with a Social Security Number (SSN).
- A Temporary Visitor Driver's License is used for driving only and is available to documented immigrants without a SSN.
- A Illinois State ID is used for identification (when banking, traveling, etc.) and only is available to those with a SSN.
The Secretary of State's Cyberdrive website provides a detailed comparison of the Driver's License and Temporary Visitor Driver's License.
***To apply for any of these forms of ID, your I-20/DS-2019 must be valid at least 6 months into the future.***
To apply for a Driver's License, Temporary Visitor Driver's License or Illinois State ID, please follow the steps listed here