It’s fairly easy to renew a drivers license in the state of Illinois. To further simplify the process, drivers should confirm that the address on file with the Secretary of State’s (SOS) office is up to date. This will ensure that the driver receives the hard copy of the renewed license. It also allows the state to verify that the address provided is accurate. Drivers that are required to visit the SOS facility should bring acceptable identification and any other documents that might be required, depending on the licensee’s specific situation. Each driver should receive detailed instructions by mail prior to the expiration of his or her license.
A valid Illinois license that does not require any changes, such as address or name changes, is sufficient identification for the purposes of renewing one’s Illinois ID. If the driver does not possess a current license, a written signature document is required (Passport, out of state driver’s license, canceled check, major credit/debit card, social security card, etc.). If an address change is necessary, the applicant must provide proof of Illinois residency. This can be a utility bill or electronic statement, a bank statement, insurance policy, official mail, even a phone book entry, to name a few.
In addition to the necessary documents, there is a fee depending on the type of license being renewed and the age of the licensee. Basic driver’s licenses for drivers between the ages of 21 and 68 are $30. For young drivers (18-21) and senior drivers (69+) the cost is five dollars or less. CDL renewals and CDL interstate transfers run $60. Drivers may also be required to complete a written or road exam in order to be eligible for renewal. And, all drivers visiting the facility must complete a vision screening.
A written exam is required every 8 years for any driver with traffic convictions. Some drivers with recorded accidents and all drivers over age 75 are subject to a road exam. If a drive exam is necessary, proof of liability insurance is required for the testing vehicle. Once all requirements are satisfied, the driver is issued a temporary paper ID which is valid for 90 days. The hard copy is mailed by the SOS office within 15 business days.
Illinois Safe Drivers will be invited to renew online. To qualify, a driver must have kept a clean driving record for the four years since the license was last renewed. Safe Drivers must have the renewal from that was received in the mail, along with payment in the form of an e-check, or a valid major credit/debit card. There is a 3rd party processing fee for the payment. The renewed license will be mailed to the applicant within 15 business days.
Most licenses are good for four years and expire on the driver’s birthday. For drivers that have just turned 21, the expiration date is set 3 months after their 21st birthday. Senior drivers between 81 and 86 must renew every two years, while drivers 87 and up must renew every year. Four- and two-year licenses may be renewed up to one year early. One year licenses can be renewed six months early.