In Illinois, the Driver Services Department of the Secretary of State Office is the agency handling drivers license renewals. Over 8 million people in Illinois hold a drivers license from this department.
The Driver Services Department at the Illinois Secretary of State has more than 130 field office locations where you can go in-person to renew your license. However, there are faster and easier ways to get this done using the mail, phone, and online, which are available to many drivers in the state.
When to Renew an Illinois Driver’s License
Driver’s licenses in Illinois expire on the driver’s birthday four years after it is initially issued for drivers between the ages of 21 and 80 years old.
Drivers aged 81 up to age 86 must renew their licenses every two years, and people over the age of 87 must renew every year. People under the age of 21 must renew their license within three months of their 21st birthday.
If your license expires, you can still renew it for up to one year after the expiration date, but it is against the law to drive with an expired license. If your license has been expired for over one year, you will have to reapply in-person at an Illinois Secretary of State field office.
Renewing an Illinois Driver’s License by Mail, Phone, and Online
Two to three months before the expiration of your old license, the Illinois SOS office will send you a renewal notice to the last address they have on record for you. This is why it is essential to report any change in your mailing address, or you may not receive this notice.
Your renewal notice will indicate whether or not you can renew by mail, phone, or online. If mail-in, phone, or online renewal is available to you, just follow the instructions on the notice before the deadline.
You cannot renew every time by mail or online. You will be required to go in-person to an SOS office to renew every other time your drivers license comes up for renewal.
Renewing a Suspended or Revoked Driver’s License
Suspended drivers licenses in Illinois have specific requirements which you must fulfill before you can reactivate your license. For example, a suspended license holder may be required to provide proof of completion of an alcohol or drug treatment program after getting a DUI or DWI citation before the license can be reinstated.
Revoked licenses require the license holder to appear for a hearing at the SOS office before the license can be reinstated. Suspended and revoked drivers licenses cannot be renewed until the needed requirements to lift the suspension or revocation are complete.
Fees for Driver’s License Renewal in Illinois
The cost for a drivers license renewal is $30 for people between the ages of 21 and 68 years old. Drivers who are under age 20 and seniors between the ages of 69 to 80 years old pay only $5, and people aged 81 and older are charged only $2 for their new drivers license.
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