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Illinois SOS Resource Links & FAQs

Here you’ll find everything you need to prepare for your tests and tasks with the Illinois SOS.

Driver’s license and vehicle tasks are completed with the Secretary of State. The official website for the Illinois SOS is:

Online Services at the Illinois SOS

If you can avoid a trip to your local SOS office, you’re in luck. The Illinois SOS offers the following services online:

  • Change your address.
  • Apply for a title and registration.
  • Order a driving record.
  • Renew your plates.
  • Renew your license (Safe Driver program).
  • Replace your registration/sticker.

Visit to set up an online account and complete your driver’s license and vehicle tasks online.

Illinois Driver’s Licenses & Learner’s Permits is designed to help you prepare for and pass your DMV written tests – all for free!

We want you to focus on studying and being a safe driver. We don’t think you should pay extra for this.

Illinois SOS Practice Tests

Illinois SOS Permit Practice Test

Road Signs & Traffic Signals Practice Test

Free Illinois SOS Cheat Sheets & Study Guides (Including Free PDF Print-Outs)

We also provide overviews of the steps you’ll need to take at the DMV, so you can be better prepared and know what to expect when it comes time to make a visit to your local office or complete a task online or through the mail. You’ll also find tips and guides designed to help make you the most knowledgeable driver and vehicle owner as possible.

How to Get a Driver’s License in Illinois

Driver’s Education in Illinois

REAL ID Identification Requirements at the DMV

Driver’s License for Undocumented Immigrants

Driving Safety Topics: Distracted Driving, Defensive Driving, DUI, Seat Belt Laws, and More!

Illinois Motorcycle License & CDL

Are you interested in obtaining other types of driver’s licenses and endorsements in Illinois? has you covered!

Illinois Motorcycle License Practice Tests & Application Requirements

Illinois Motorcycle Written Exam Simulation

Free CDL Practice Tests & Guides

Illinois Car Registration & Title

After you get your driver’s license, you’re going to need something to drive, right? We’ve got the information you’ll need to get started.

Illinois Car Registration & Title Information

Smog Check & Vehicle Inspection Requirements

Car Insurance Requirements

Vehicle History Reports

Free Bill of Sale Form

Illinois License & Registration FAQs

What documents do I need to get an Illinois driver’s license?

You will need to provide proof of your name and age, Social Security Number, and your Illinois address.

How do I renew my driver’s license in Illinois?

You can renew online, by mail, in person, or over the phone.

How long do I have to renew my Illinois driver’s license after it expires?

You can renew up to 1 year after your license expires without having to take the tests again. Do not drive with an expired license.

Do I need a new driver’s license when I move to Illinois?

Yes, you’ll have 90 days to apply.

When will I receive my Illinois driver’s license after renewing or replacing it?

You should receive your new license in about 15 business days.

Can I get a copy of my Illinois registration online?

You get request duplicate stickers or license plates online.

How do I renew my car registration in Illinois?

You can renew online, over the phone, through the mail, or in person.

Can I renew my car registration online in Illinois?

Yes, you can.

What happens if my Illinois car registration is expired?

You may be charged a late fee.

When will I receive my Illinois car registration and license plate stickers/tabs after I renew or replace them?

You should receive your updated documents within a few weeks.

How much of my Illinois car registration is tax deductible?

You can deduct your car registration fees from your federal income taxes if a portion of your registration is based on the vehicle’s value. Refer to your registration documents for details.

Do I need to register my vehicle when moving to Illinois?

Yes, you’ll need to do so within 30 days.

Illinois SOS Office Locations & Appointments

Sometimes there’s nothing you can do to avoid a trip to the SOS.

Use the Illinois office finder to locate DMVs near you:

Here you’ll be able to find:

  • Addresses and directions.
  • DMV Office Hours.
  • Holiday and Weekend Schedules.
  • Acceptable forms of payment.
  • Current wait times, if available.

Remember, if you do have to visit the Illinois SOS, it’s always a good idea to make an appointment. This can help reduce the time you’ll need to spend there.

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