How do I know whether I qualify for a no-fee Identification Card?
As a homeless person, can I fill out the Homeless Status Certification by myself?
No. The Homeless Status Certification must be completed by a shelter or service agency that
works with the homeless or offers assistance to the homeless to verify your status. The document requires the federal tax identification number of the agency or shelter or if an attorney is completing the information, the attorney must supply his Illinois professional license number.
What address is used on the Identification Card since it is issued for a homeless person? The address that the Secretary of State will print on the Identification Card will be the address that is provided on the Homeless Status Certification. This address may be the address of the homeless shelter or the social service organization executing the document on behalf of the homeless individual.
What is the expiration date of the Identification Card?
If you are first applying for
a no fee identification card for the homeless, it will
expire 5 years
What if my address changes and I move to another shelter?
You will be required to
supply another Homeless
Status Certification document along with
What if my status changes and I am no longer homeless?
If any identifying
information on the face of the Identification Card
changes, in this case it most
What documents must I bring with me to apply for a no-fee Identification Card?
Any person, whether homeless
or not, must provide documentation to prove their legal
Will the Identification Card look any different from other cards if I apply for the no-fee card due to my homeless status?
No. The Identification Card
will look the same as any other card issued by the
Can I come directly to a
Secretary of State’s office and have a Homeless Status
must be executed and notarized prior to your arrival at
individual’s homeless status.
What if I don’t have all my
documentation to prove my name, date of birth, social
You should work with a homeless
shelter or social service agency that can assist you in
Can I get a no-fee Identification Card as well as a driver’s license if I am homeless?
Yes, having an Illinois
Identification Card does not prevent you from also obtaining
an Illinois .