About 90 days before your driver’s license expires, you should receive a renewal
notice from the Secretary of State’s office with information on what documents you
need to provide and what tests are necessary. You may renew your license up to one
year before a two- or four-year driver’s license expires. You may renew up to six
months before a one-year driver’s license expires.
You may not receive a renewal notice if you fail to notify the Secretary of State’s office
of a change of name or address. State law requires you to inform the Secretary of State’s
office of an address change within 10 days. It is the driver’s responsibility to renew
his or her license before expiration, regardless of whether a renewal letter is
A driver’s license is valid for four years and expires on the driver’s birthday except in
the following cases:
- Driver under age 21 — license expires three months after 21st birthday.
- Driver age 81-86 — license valid for two years.
- Driver age 87 and older — license requires annual renewal.
For more information on renewing a CDL or motorcycle license, check the Illinois
Motorcycle Operator Manual, the Rules of the Road for Non-CDL Vehicles or the
Commercial Driver’s License Study Guide.
To renew your driver’s license, you must:
- Visit a Driver Services facility and present your renewal notice.
- Take the appropriate exam(s), if applicable.
- Pay the appropriate fee and have a new photo taken.
Upon payment and successful completion of any required testing, the Secretary of
State will issue your new driver’s license before you leave the facility. For more information on the vision, written or driving exam.
Safe Driver Renewal
The Safe Driver Renewal Program enables drivers with clean driving records to renew
their driver’s licenses from home and visit a Driver Services facility only once every
eight years. Eligible drivers will receive a notice in the mail detailing how to complete
the renewal process online, by phone or by mail. To be eligible for Safe Driver
Renewal, a driver must:
- Be age 22-74;
- Not hold a commercial driver’s license (CDL) or school bus driver permit;
- Have no traffic infractions, sanctions, crash reports or medical report review
- Have Social Security information verified through the Social Security Online
Safe drivers will receive their new license by mail. For more information, visit www.cyberdriveillinois.com.