If you have a lost drivers license or a stolen drivers license, the Illinois Secretary of State requires automobile drivers to order a driving license replacement as soon as possible. To complete this process, you must stop by your nearest driver services facility.
Report a Stolen Drivers License
Before heading to a local SOS office, make sure to file a police report with your local law enforcement authorities in order to avoid the possibility of identity theft or fraudulent activity on your IL drivers license. After you have filed a police report, bring a copy with you to the nearest DMV. Whether or not your duplicate drivers license fee will be waived is at the discretion of the IL SOS. However, if you are a motorist who is 60 years of age or older with a stolen drivers license, you will not be charged for a duplicate driving license, as long as you have a police report on hand.
Replace a Drivers License in Person
In Illinois, a drivers license replacement can only be obtained by visiting a Secretary of State office in your area. No online or mail-in drivers license copy option is available at this time. During your DMV visit, you must have proof of identity on hand that satisfies these requirements:
- One document from Group A
- One document from Group B, C or D
Examples may include the following:
Group A - must contain your signature
- Credit card (only American Express, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard and Visa are accepted)
- Social Security Card
- U.S. or foreign passport
- Government ID card
- Official court order
- Out-of-state drivers license
- Driver Education Certificate
Group B - must contain your date of birth
- Birth Certificate
- Social Security Award Letter
- Military Service Letter
- Naturalization Certificate
- U.S. or foreign passport
- Adoption record
When presenting a Group B document, keep in mind that your item must list your full name and date of birth. If submitting a birth certificate, it must be an original or certified by a Board of Health or Bureau of Vital Statistics within the country. A foreign birth certificate is also accepted.
Group C - must contain your Social Security Number
- Your Social Security Card
- Your IL driving license record
In the event that you are applying for a Temporary Driving License, you will not be required to show proof of Social Security Number. However, you must make a note of your SSN ineligibility on your duplicate divers license application.
Group D - must contain your physical residency
- Utility bill
- Financial bank statement
- Pay stub
- Mortgage or lease agreement
A Group D document must list your full residential address. If you are a homeless individual, you can submit a "Homeless Status Certification" as an acceptable item.
If you recently completed the steps to change name, you will also be required to submit a legal document that supports your new name.