What Does The Illinois SOS Do?

The Illinois Secretary of State (SOS) handles all services for drivers in the state, including driver licensing and ID card applications and renewals; vehicle titles, registrations, and renewals; and driving records. The Department of Natural Resources is responsible for boater licensing and watercraft registration.

When you move to Illinois, you must exchange your driver’s license within 90 days and apply for a vehicle registration within 30 days of establishing residency in the state. You must have Illinois car insurance before registering your vehicle. Depending on your county, you must also have an emissions inspection performed.

The SOS also has specific information geared toward its military and veteran residents and non-residents, in order to accommodate the unique circumstances that military service brings. Non-residents stationed in Illinois are not required to get an IL license or registration while serving in the state.

Online and Third-Party Services

The Illinois SOS online services include driver licensing and vehicle tasks that include:

  • Application pre-registration
  • Driver license/ID card renewal
  • Duplicate licenses and IDs
  • Vehicle registration renewal
  • Specialty plate orders
  • Address updates
  • Vehicle history reports
  • Driving records
  • Insurance information updates

You can access many licensing and vehicle forms online, as well as make an appointment to visit an office in person. You can also access the Illinois Driver’s Handbook online, in addition to the Motorcycle and Commercial driver handbooks.

The SOS partners with third-parties to conduct services including CDL skills tests and motorcycle training courses.

Contact Information

Illinois Secretary of State

Jesse White

213 State Capitol

Springfield, IL 62756


  • (800) 252-8980
  • Outside Illinois: (217) 785-3000

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