Obtaining an Illinois State ID

Where to Apply

Secretary of State’s Office
100 West Randolph St. (Concourse level)
Chicago, IL 60601 

The Secretary of State’s office is open Monday–Friday from 8 a.m.–5 p.m. The cost of the ID is $20.

What to Bring

Download the Acceptable Identification Documents information to see a listing of the documents you will need. Normally, the following are needed for international students applying for the Illinois State ID.

  • Group A, Written Signature: U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services Forms, such as I-20 (bring the latest one with you)BI International Students 2
  • Group B, Proof of Date of Birth: Valid passport
  • Group C, Social Security Number: Social Security Card Issued by Social Security Administration You may obtain that from the Social Security Office at: 
    77 W. Jackson Blvd.
    Chicago, IL 60604
    Mon–Fri, 9 a.m.–3 p.m.
    (800) 772-1213
  • Group D, Residency/Personal Data (2 documents from the following)
    • A lease agreement letter from Resident Life (if you live on campus) or your off campus housing lease
    • A school bill or a phone bill that has your Illinois address on it and was issued less than 90 days prior.
    • A bank statement letter

Note: You may use the Illinois state ID in replacement of a passport when flying domestically.

International Student Office