Illinois Driver’s License Design Change

Photo Credit: Illinois Secretary of State

Photo Credit: Illinois Secretary of State

For months, we’ve heard stories about Illinois driver’s licenses no longer complying with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s fraud and identity standards.  As a result, Illinois is overhauling designs for both the ID and the driver’s license, in addition to the process by which they develop and distribute them.

Continue reading for the BIG CHANGES & further details!

Per Illinois Secretary of State’s Office:

By the end of July, applicants visiting Driver Services facilities will no longer be issued a new permanent DL/ID card at the end of the application process. Instead, they will leave the facility with a temporary secure paper driver’s license, which is valid for 45 days and will serve as their DL/ID for driving purposes and proof of identification. The temporary, secure paper driver’s license or ID card will contain a photo and the basic information that appears on the permanent driver’s license or ID card. In addition, the facility employee will return the old DL/ID card back to the applicant after punching a hole in it.


Meanwhile, the applicant’s information will be sent to a centralized, secure facility in Illinois. After fraud checks have been conducted to ensure the applicant’s identity, a higher quality, more secure DL/ID will be printed and sent via U.S. mail within 15 business days to the applicant’s address.

For the full press release from Jesse White’s office, click here.

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