Jesse White Issues a Public Reminder to Notify the Secretary of State’s Office after Moving

Staff Writer
Aledo Times Record

Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White is reminding motorists of the importance of notifying his office when a change of residence occurs.  Illinois law requires residents to notify the Secretary of State’s office within ten days of moving to a new address.  

Out-of-state residents that move to Illinois have 90 days to surrender their out-of-state driver’s license and apply for an Illinois driver’s license.  Out-of-state commercial driver’s license (CDL) holders that move to Illinois have 30 days to surrender their out-of-state CDL and apply for an Illinois CDL.

Residents that fail to notify the Secretary of State’s office of a change of address within the required time periods can receive a citation from law enforcement.  In addition, residents would not receive notifications and other correspondence from the Secretary of State’s office, which could lead to motorists not receiving vehicle renewal notices and driver license renewal reminders.  

Most importantly, if their address with the Secretary of State’s office is not current, drivers that have received recent traffic convictions that trigger sanctions against their driver’s license will not receive notifications from the Secretary of State’s office alerting them that their driver’s license has been suspended or revoked.  Unaware that their driver’s license is invalid, they may continue driving, which could result in an arrest for driving on a suspended or revoked license.

Residents may change their address by going to the Secretary of State’s web site at https://www.ilsos.gov/addrchange/, by mail or by visiting their nearest driver services facility.  People that have questions about changing their address may contact the office at 800-252-8980.