REAL ID Checklist

In an effort to ensure you have all of the required documents to obtain a REAL ID driver's license or identification card (DL/ID), the office of the Secretary of State has developed an interactive checklist to help prepare you for the application process.

There is no immediate need to apply for a REAL ID card. TSA will accept Illinois DL/IDs as identification to board a domestic flight or to enter military bases or secure federal facilities until Oct. 1, 2020.

Follow the steps indicated at the top of each page. The checklist is for your personal use–you will not be asked to present this list to get a REAL ID card.

Note: Using the REAL ID checklist does not guarantee you will be able to obtain a REAL ID card. This is a guide to help you through the process. Please note that there are special circumstances that are not covered by the checklist. Please call the REAL ID hotline at 833-503-4074 or visit the REAL ID webpage for additional information. The fees for a REAL ID card are the same as those charged for a standard DL/ID. Please note that vision, knowledge and/or road tests may be required. An individual can only receive one REAL ID card – either a REAL ID driver's license or a REAL ID identification card. The federal government prohibits an individual from having both.