doesn't pay for Homeless ID Cards. However, the State of
Illinois will provide a homeless individual with one. Homeless
individuals must bring a completed Homeless
ID application to the Secretary of State In Illinois.
(This form must be download, then
signed by a shelter or Social Service agency certifying you are
homeless ) Please read the information below
qualify for the no-fee identification card, if he or she is
considered homeless as defined by the federal McKinney-Vento
Homeless Assistance Act, 42
U.S.C. 11302 or 42
This card is issued free of charge with the proper
documentation to show proof of legal
name, date of birth, social security number, and signature.
As a homeless person, can I fill out the
Homeless Status Certification by myself?
all Homeless ID application
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 ID application. 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
If you are first applying for a no fee
identification card for the homeless, it will expire 5 years from
your next birthday with one exception. If you are age 15 through 20
on the day you apply, your card will expire 3 months after your 21st
What if my address changes and I move to
You will be required to supply another
Homeless ID application document along with surrendering your
current Identification Card.
What if my status changes and I am no longer
If any identifying information on the face
of the Identification Card changes, in this case it most likely
would be the address, the holder of the card is required to notify
the Secretary of State within 10 days of the change. If you want a
new Identification Card to reflect the new address, you will be
required to pay the appropriate fee.
What documents must I bring with me to apply
for a no-fee Identification Card?
Because an individual is homeless and may
not have a permanent legal residence, the individual must have a
Homeless Certification application executed and notarized by a
shelter or social service agency that will serve as the residence
Can I come directly to a Secretary of State’s
office and have a Homeless Status Certification completed at the
facility by Secretary of State personnel?
The Homeless ID application must be
executed and notarized prior to your arrival at a Secretary of State
facility. Only homeless shelter or social service agency personnel
may verify a person’s homeless status. Secretary of State Personnel
are not authorized to certify an individual’s homeless status
What if I don’t have all my documentation to
prove my name, date of birth, social security number and signature?
You should work with
a homeless shelter or social service agency that can assist you in
getting the required documentation. The Secretary of State will not
issue an Identification Card without the proper documentation.
You need documents from group A, B, C and
D to get a State ID card.
A Social Security card will satisfy documents
for group A and C, a Homeless Certification will satisfy group D.
Group B - Proof
You must have a
document from group B. To have all the documents to get an ID card.
If you go to your local Board of Education where you attend Grade or
High School. You can get a record of birth from your local Board of
• Adoption Records
• Birth Certificate
• Court Order (Change of birth date)
• Certified Grade/High School/University
• Illinois Driver’s License (current) •
Illinois ID Card (current)
• Military Service Record (DD214)
• Naturalization Certificate
• Passport (valid with complete date of birth)
• Social Security Award Letter (primary
• U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services
(USCIS) Forms — I-551 (Alien Registration Card); I-571 (Refugee
Travel Document); I-766 (Employment Authorization Card); I-797A
(Notice of Action Status Change); I-94 (Arrival/Departure Record)
with Valid Passport
• U.S. Military
Driver’s License/ID Card
• U.S. Passport Card (valid with complete date
of birth) • U.S. Visa
Group B documents
must contain the applicant’s full name and complete date of birth
and must be verifiable. To be
verifiable, it must be possible to contact the regulatory authority
to confirm the authenticity of the document. Birth Certificates must
be original or certified by a Board of Health or Bureau of Vital
Statistics within the U.S. or by the U.S. State Department, U.S.
territories or Canada. A certified copy is a document produced by
the issuing jurisdiction which has an embossed seal or an original
stamped impression. Foreign passports and foreign birth certificates
are accepted as proof if accompanied by any other item in another