Due to an increase in COVID-19 cases statewide, the Illinois Secretary of State Department and all its Driver Services facilities will be closed through Jan. 17.
Secretary of State Jesse White announced the closure in a news release Dec. 29.
“After careful consideration and out of an abundance of caution, we have decided to close all Driver Services facilities beginning Jan. 3, 2022, through Jan. 17, 2022, due to the spike in COVID-19 cases,” Secretary White said in the release. “The health and safety of employees and the public remains paramount, and face-to-face transactions potentially increase the further spread of the virus. Our goal is to safely reopen all offices and Driver Services facilities on Jan. 18 for face-to-face transactions.”
Illinois drivers are encouraged to visit ilsos.gov to obtain online services. Online transactions include: License plate sticker renewals; driver’s license and ID card renewals for those who qualify; obtaining a duplicate driver’s license or ID card; obtaining a driver record abstract; and filing Business Services documents such as incorporations and annual reports.
The Drivers and Vehicles Services hotline also will remain open at 800-252-8980. Customers with issues involving administrative hearings may email email@example.com or call 312-793-3722 or 217-782-7065.
As a reminder, Mr. White has extended all driver’s license and ID card expiration dates to March 31, 2022. The extension does not apply to commercial driver’s licenses (CDL) and CDL learner’s permits. The U.S. Department of Homeland Security also has extended the federal REAL ID deadline to May 3, 2023.
In addition, Secretary White expanded remote renewal for driver’s license and ID card holders.
The office estimates the expansion helped eliminate the need for about 1 million people to visit a facility. For more information, visit ilsos.gov.