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.***

Overview of driving in the USA

To apply for a Driver's License, Temporary Visitor Driver's License or Illinois State ID, please follow the steps listed here