Document Requirements to Obtain a Driver’s License

Simply stated

To apply for a Driver’s License, you will need to have the following documents:

  • Passport
  • Visa
  • I-94
  • Form I-20
  • One proof of address, for example:
    •  bank statement,
    •  transcript
    • tuition invoice (with address listed on it)
      • from your Enterprise account, select “Account Billing Information” → “Student Account” → “Statement History” → Select the most recent statement under the “Detail” tab → “Printable Statement” which displays your address as listed in your Enterprise account

Illinois Secretary of State Document Requirements to Obtain a Driver’s License/State ID Card

Below is a more detailed description of these requirements.

The Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) in Springfield, Illinois is located at the following address:

2701 S. Dirksen Parkway

Springfield, IL  62723

International students planning to apply for their driver’s license in Springfield, IL should visit the DMV Monday through Thursday anytime between 8am and 2pm.  Due to processing times, it is strongly recommended not to arrive after 2pm.  The Office of International Student Services has copies of the Rules of the Road available for students to pick up in HRB 52.


The Acceptable Identification Document chart lists documents that may be used as forms of identification to provide proof of legal name, date of birth, Social Security number and residency when applying for a driver’s license/ID card. Please note the following:

  • Signature comparison is required in the verification process.
  • The number of documents required depends on whether an applicant is applying for a driver’s license/ID card for the first time, or requesting a duplicate or corrected driver’s license/ID card.
  • One document may satisfy more than one group.
  • New residents must surrender all out-of-state licenses/ID cards prior to issuance of an Illinois driver’s license/ID card.
  • An applicant applying for a Temporary Visitor Driver’s License is not required to present documents from Group C. Instead,the applicant must submit a letter on SSA letterhead with each application, issued within 90 days prior to the date of application, verifying ineligibility for a Social Security number.

First-time Illinois Driver’s License/ID Card Applicant

  • An applicant applying for a driver’s license or ID card for the first time in Illinois must present:
    • one document that satisfies each of Group A, B and C
    • two documents that satisfy Group D (one document from Group D if applicant is under age 5 applying for an ID card; one document if applicant is applying for a no-fee ID card presenting a Homeless Status Certification)

Duplicate/Corrected Driver’s License/ID Card Applicant

  • An applicant applying for either a duplicate or corrected driver’s license or ID card must present:
  • one document that satisfies Group A
  • one document that satisfies Group B, C or D (two documents from Group D if applicant is requesting an address change toappear on the document, unless applicant is under age 5 applying for an ID card or applicant is applying for a no-fee ID cardpresenting a Homeless Status Certification)
  • An applicant who requests a change in name, date of birth, Social Security number or gender must provide identificationto link the change from the previous information to the new information.

Illinois Driver’s License/ID Card Renewal Applicant

  • An applicant renewing a current Illinois driver’s license or ID card need only present his/her current valid driver’s license or ID card if no changes are required. If the applicant does not have his/her current driver’s license or ID card or changes are required, he/she must present:
    • one document that satisfies Group A
    • one document that satisfies each of Group B, C or D (two documents from Group D if applicant is requesting an address change to appear on the document unless applicant is renewing a no-fee ID card presenting a Homeless Status Certification)