✅ Updated October 2020

Here's the ultimate guide to getting your Real ID at the Illinois DMV. We've simplified the entire process for you so you can save time.

What You’ll Need To Get your Illinois Real ID

  • Proof of lawful presence in U.S. and date of birth
    • U.S. passport;
    • U.S. birth certificate (original or certified copy);
    • Permanent resident card;
    • Employment authorization document; OR
    • Foreign passport with approved I-94 form 
  • Proof of Social Security number
    • Social Security card; 
    • W-2 form or 1099 form; 
    • Pay stub with your name and full Social Security number; OR
    • SSN Denial Notice with passport, visa, and I-94 form
  • Proof of Illinois residency (2 forms of proof required)
    • Valid Illinois driver’s license
    • Lease, mortgage, or rental contract
    • Utility or cell phone bill (dated within 60 days)
    • Credit card statement (dated within 60 days)
    • Pay stub (dated within 60 days)
    • W-2 form from prior year
    • Vehicle insurance, renter’s insurance, or homeowner’s insurance policy for current year
    • Illinois SOS-issued correspondence (dated within 60 days and received via U.S. mail)
    • Document issued to you from state or local municipality (dated within 60 days)
    • Medical or hospital statement (dated within 60 days)
    • Bank statement (with images of cancelled personal checks dated within 60 days)
    • Current installment loan contract for a vehicle
    • Official school transcript for current year
    • Letter of proof of school enrollment (dated within 60 days)
    • School tuition bill for current year
  • $30 payment for REAL ID ($5 if 18-20 years old)

 

What You’ll Do to Get your Illinois Real ID

  • Step 1: Visit the Illinois SOS (optional: make an appointment!)
    • Submit the required documents & ID
    • Submit payment
    • Receive a REAL ID receipt
  • Step 2: Receive your Illinois REAL ID via U.S. mail

 

Caveats and Exceptions to Getting your Illinois Real ID

  • Has your name changed?  Then you will need to provide an original or certified copy of a name change document such as a marriage certificate or divorce decree.

 

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