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COVID-19 surge to close driver license facilities Jan. 3-Jan. 17

SPRINGFIELD — Driver license facilities will close Jan. 3 to Jan. 17 because of the surge in COVID-19 cases, Secretary of State Jesse White announced in a news release on Wednesday.

The closures also affect all departments of the secretary of state.

“The health and safety of employees and the public remains paramount, and face-to-face transactions potentially increase the further spread of the virus,” said White in the news release.

Online services through will remain open during the suspension, including renewing license plate stickers, renewing a license or ID cards, obtaining duplicate cards, obtaining a driver record abstract or for filing business services documents.

The driver and vehicle services hotline will remain open at 800-252-8980.

Persons having issues with administrative hearings should email or call 312-793-3722.

Previously, the secretary of state’s office had extended driver license and ID card expiration dates to March 31. The extension did not include commercial driver licenses and CDL learner permits.

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security has extended the federal REAL ID deadline to May 3, 2023.

Source: The Daily Chronicle

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