How to do an Illinois change of address

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Moving to a new home comes with a long to-do list, and one crucial task is notifying the relevant authorities and service providers about your change of address. This ensures you continue receiving essential documents and services at your new location without interruption.

The process of updating your residential address typically involves changing the information on your driver's license and vehicle registration, but the specific requirements can vary from state to state. To help make this process smoother, we've outlined the steps for completing a change of address in Illinois.


Key insights

File a change of address within 10 days of moving to Illinois.

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You’ll have to go get a new ID in person within 90 days of your move.

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New and current Illinois residents can file their change of address online.

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Preparing for your change of address

Before starting the process of changing your address, it's important to gather all the necessary documents to avoid any delays or complications. Make sure you have your old and new addresses on hand, and plan to file your change of address within 10 days of your move date.

You'll need no particular documents to change your address in Illinois, but you will need the following information:

  • Driver’s license number and issue date
  • Last four digits of your Social Security number
  • Date of birth
  • New address

You will have to go in person to get a new ID within 90 days of your move. The documents needed for a new ID:

  • One proof of written signature
  • One proof of date of birth
  • One proof of Social Security number
  • Two proofs of residency

If you’re moving to Illinois from another state

New Illinois residents can file online for a change of address within 10 days of their move. You'll also be required to take a vision test and written exam (and possibly a driving exam) to update your driver's license.

If you own a vehicle, you'll need to register it in Illinois within 30 days of moving.

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If you’re moving within Illinois

If you’re a current Illinois resident changing your address within the state, you can file online to update your information. Just be sure to file the change within 10 days of your move date.

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If you’re moving from Illinois to another state

If you're leaving Illinois for another state, follow the new state's procedures. You do not need to surrender your Illinois license plates.

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FAQ

Do I need to update my driver’s license address if I’m moving to Illinois?

Yes, you're required to update your driver's license within 10 days of moving to Illinois.

Can I change my address with the Illinois DMV online, or do I need to visit a DMV office in person?

Current and new Illinois residents can file their change of address online.

What documents do I need to bring to the Illinois DMV for a change of address?

There are no documents needed to change your address. Just make sure to have the following information ready:

  • Driver’s license number and issue date
  • Last four digits of your Social Security number
  • Date of birth
  • New address

You’ll need these documents for a new ID:

  • One proof of written signature
  • One proof of date of birth
  • One proof of Social Security number
  • Two proofs of residency

If you’re updating your car’s registration, you’ll also need information about your vehicle.

Is there a fee to change my address at the Illinois DMV?

There’s no fee for updating an address online, but there is a $30 fee for updating your license. You will also have to pay for vehicle registration.

Do I need to update my voter registration when I move to Illinois?

Yes, you need to update your voter registration to reflect your new address in Illinois so you’re assigned to the correct polling place.

Do I need to update my insurance policies when I move to Illinois?

Yes, you need to update your insurance when you move to or within Illinois. This way, you’ll get continuous coverage that suits your needs and location.

Where else do I need to change my address in Illinois?

You’ll need to change your address with the Postal Service in Illinois, even if your move is temporary. Don’t forget to also update your address with any relevant subscription services and financial institutions.

Bottom line

After moving to a new home, one of your top priorities should be officially updating your address with the necessary state agencies. Doing so keeps you compliant with applicable Illinois laws and avoids disruptions to important services and document deliveries.

You'll also need to change the address on file for your driver's license and any registered vehicles. Confirm what documentation is required and the state’s procedures. Taking these steps prevents regulatory issues or delays from impacting your updated credentials.


Article sources

ConsumerAffairs writers primarily rely on government data, industry experts and original research from other reputable publications to inform their work. Specific sources for this article include:

  1. Illinois Secretary of State, “Address Change.” Accessed April 30, 2024.
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