If you are a licensed driver in the state of Illinois and have recently moved into a new residence, it is mandatory that you update the state of your change of address. In fact, the state only allows for you to take a maximum of ten days to do so after the date that your move officially occurred. Pay careful attention to the guidelines listed below so that you are properly prepared to do exactly what it takes to fulfill the requirements set forth by the state. By doing so, you can rest easy that you will not get caught breaking the law regarding updating your license information.
To begin with, understand that the Secretary of State Driver Services Department does not require that you obtain a new drivers license with your updated address appearing on it. While it is possible to request a new drivers license with the correct information, all that the state requires is that you update the address that is on file in its system. Also, there are three options that you can choose from when deciding how you want to go about updating your new address for your drivers license.
Updating Your Address Online
If you choose to update your physical address for your license online, you must do so from the appropriate website of the Secretary of State. Before you go to the page to update your address, though, make sure that you have all of the information that you will need. First, you must be able to provide your drivers license number. Next, you must know your social security number. Finally, you must be able to provide all parts of your new address, including the street address, city, and zip code. While changing your address online will update your information within the state’s system, you will not be able to request a new license through the online system.
Updating Your Address in Person
In the state of Illinois, the only possible way to walk away with a new license with an updated address appearing on it is to do so in person at an office of the Illinois Secretary of State Driver Services Department. After you search for the location of the office nearest you, make sure that you have the correct documents that you will be asked for when you arrive there. You will need your current license showing your old address as well as proof that your residence has changed, such as a utility bill or a lease.
If your request is accepted by a member of the staff at the office and you do choose to obtain a new license that day in person to reflect your updated address, you must pay a fee of $5. The payment can be made with cash, money order, check, credit card, or debit card. If you do not want a new license, that is acceptable by the state and there is no fee to simply update your address information in the files of the state.
Updating Your Address By Mail
If you prefer using mail to update your address in Illinois, that is acceptable by the state. However, like with the online method, you cannot request a new license by sending mail with your updated information. When you do send mail to the Illinois Secretary of State Driver Services Department to update your address, you must include your name, your license number, your old address, and your new address. Mail the required information to this address:
Driver Services Department
2701 S. Dirksen Parkway
Springfield, IL 62723