Driver's License/State ID Card Central Issuance Driver Services
A significant change has taken place at the Secretary of State's office designed to improve upon the design and issuing process of Illinois' driver's licenses/ID cards.
Applicants visiting Driver Services facilities no longer are issued a new permanent DL/ID card at the end of the application process. Instead, they 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. For air travel, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has stated that it will accept the temporary document in conjunction with the old DL/ID to board an aircraft until the permanent card arrives in the mail. Therefore, 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 is 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.
This new process, central issuance, meets REAL ID requirements mandated by DHS. As a result, these changes are necessary for Illinois to move closer to achieving full REAL ID compliance. Illinois is not the first state to transition to central issuance. In fact, 39 other states have already done so. This includes heavily populated states like California, Texas, New York and Florida – as well as Illinois' neighboring states.
Also, central issuance allows better identity theft prevention by allowing the office to investigate possible fraud before applicants receive their DL/ID. In addition, the design of the DL/ID card has been upgraded with important features that over-the-counter technology simply cannot produce.
NOTE: The temporary DL/ID is not acceptable as proof of identity for a Social Security Number replacement card. If you plan to request a Social Security Number replacement card, please wait for your permanent driver license or ID card to arrive in the mail before visiting a Social Security office.
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