What Counts As Proof of Residency In Illinois?

You can use a phone bill or bank statement as proof of residency in Illinois, but personal mail won’t count.
Written by R.E. Fulton
Reviewed by Kathleen Flear
Bank statements, utility bills, official government mail, and credit reports can all be used as proof of residency in Illinois. 
In order to get an
Illinois driver’s license
, you’ll need to prove to the Secretary of State that you’re a permanent resident of Illinois. While you’ll provide other ID documents like a state of Illinois identification card or U.S. passport to prove who you are, you also need to furnish documents that verify your Illinois address. 
Let's go over what you can—and can’t—use as proof of residency in
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What documents can be used as proof of residency in Illinois?

In order to obtain an Illinois driver’s license or
, you’ll need to provide the office of the Secretary of State with identification documents that fall into four groups: 
  • Group A: Written signature (e.g. credit or debit card, passport, or mortgage documents) 
  • Group B: Date of birth (e.g. birth certificate, adoption records, or passport) 
  • Group C: Social Security Number (e.g. Social Security card, W-2, or 1099 form)
  • Group D: Residency (e.g. bank statements, pay stubs, or utility bills) 
For a standard first-time driver’s license, you need one document from each group. To change the address on your license, you’ll need one document from Group A and one from Group D. For a REAL ID application, you need to provide two documents from Group D—i.e., two proofs of residency—in addition to documents from Groups A, B, and C. 
The following documents can be used to satisfy the Group D residency requirement: 
  • Official electronic statement dated within 90 days before application
  • Bank statement dated within 90 days before application
  • Canceled check dated within 90 days before application
  • Certified transcript from grade school, high school, college, or university 
  • Credit report from the last 12 months issued by TransUnion, Experian, or Equifax
  • Residential lease, mortgage, or deed/title to property in Illinois
  • Homeowners or renters insurance policy
  • A letter on official school letterhead dated within 90 days of application
  • Health insurance claim or statement of benefits dated within 90 days of application
  • Official mail from a state, county, city, village, or federal agency including: Homestead exemption receipt; Jury duty notice from the last 90 days; Selective Service card; Social Security annual statement; Social Security disability insurance statement; Supplemental Security Income benefits statement; Illinois voter’s registration card
  • Pay stub or electronic deposit receipt
  • Pension or retirement Statement
  • Report card from grade school, high school, college, or university
  • Tuition invoice or official mail from college or university, dated within one year of application
  • Utility bill (e.g. water, electricity, garbage, phone, gas, or cable) dated within 90 days of application 
Any of these documents can be used as proof of residency in the state of Illinois for a driver’s license application. For a REAL ID card, you’ll need two documents from that list—and the only one that doesn’t qualify is an “official electronic statement.” 
One more thing to remember: all documents must be original. A photocopy of your state ID or property tax bill won’t satisfy the requirement. 

What documents do not qualify as proof of Illinois residency?

Illinois allows residents to use a pretty wide variety of documents as proof of residency, but not every document with your Illinois mailing address counts. For instance, you can’t use any of the documents on this list to satisfy the Group D requirement: 
  • Bond receipts
  • Business card
  • Check cashing card
  • Club or fraternal organization membership card
  • College or university ID card
  • Unofficial (i.e. commercially produced) ID card
  • Department of Human Services (DHS) card
  • Fishing license
  • Healthcare and Family Services (HFS) card
  • Handwritten ID or employment card
  • Hunting license
  • Illinois auto registration card
  • Illinois concealed carry card
  • Illinois FOID card
  • Instruction permit or receipt 
  • Insurance card
  • International driving permit
  • Library card
  • Personal mail 
  • Ticket from a traffic citation or arrest
  • Loan papers from an unlicensed financial institution
  • Video club membership card
  • Wallet ID
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What qualifies for proof of identity in Illinois?

Illinois separates proof of identity into three categories: written signature (Group A), date of birth (Group B), and Social Security Number (Group C). Here are the documents that qualify for each: 
  • Group A: Canceled check, cooperative driver testing program certificate, court order, credit or debit card, driver’s license/government ID card (including out-of-state license), Medicare card, mortgage or loan documents, passport, Social Security Card, U.S. citizenship and immigration services (USCIS) forms, military driver’s license or service record 
  • Group B: Adoption records, birth certificate, citizenship certificate, court order for change of birth date, certified school transcript, consular report of birth abroad, Illinois driver’s license or ID card, naturalization certificate, REAL ID card, Social Security award letter, USCIS forms, military driver’s license or service record, passport, U.S. visa
  • Group C: Verified Illinois driver’s license record, verified Illinois ID card record, non-SSA 1099 form, pay stub including SSN, Social Security award letter, Social Security card, SSA-1099 form, military driver’s license or service record, W-2 form
Any document used for ID for Group B must include your full name and complete date of birth, while documents for Group C must include your name and full Social Security number. 

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