Guide to Illinois Department of Motor Vehicles
Illinois drivers looking to renew their license, register their vehicle, or even pass their first driving exam may find it challenging to get the information they need. That’s because the state’s department of motor vehicles actually is a branch of the Illinois Secretary of State’s Office. All of the information you’ll need about driving in Illinois can be found on the official website for the Secretary of State. Here’s how to make your Illinois driving experience easier.
How to Find an Illinois DMV / SOS Office
There are numerous Secretary of State (SOS) offices throughout Illinois, for those occasions when you’ll need to visit one in person. The Illinois Facility Finder page makes it easy to find a location near you. Simply enter your city or zip code and the reason for your visit, and you’ll get the location of the nearest appropriate office. (Keep in mind that not all offices will be able to provide every service, so be sure to specify the ones you’ll need when entering the Search information.)
Appointments with the Illinois SOS / DMV
Unfortunately, Illinois drivers can only make appoints for a commercial drivers license (CDL) road test; for all other driving needs, including your drivers license and your motorcycle license test, you’ll need to wait in line. But don’t despair! Many of the tasks you might think you need to care of at an office can actually be done online. The best place to start is by clicking the eServices tab on the Illinois SOS homepage. You’ll see a complete listing of the services that the Illinois SOS offers online.
Illinois SOS Driving and Vehicle Forms
A number of the forms you might need for yourself or your vehicle are available online. While you can renew your car’s registration and your drivers license online, other items – such as a new Illinois drivers license application – can only be completed at an Illinois SOS office.