Secretary of State Jesse White announced that expiration dates for driver’s licenses and ID cards have been extended an additional five months – from Aug. 1, 2021, to Jan. 1, 2022. The new Jan. 1 extension also includes expiration dates that will occur between July and December of this year. As a result, expired driver’s licenses and ID cards will remain valid until Jan. 1 so customers do not need to rush into driver services facilities, especially during hot weather. This extension does not apply to commercial driver’s licenses and CDL learner’s permits.
“Extending expiration dates until Jan. 1, 2022, means people with an expired driver’s license or ID card do not need to rush into a driver services facility immediately,” White said. “During hot weather, I would suggest residents consider delaying visits to driver services facilities. But if you must visit a facility, please come prepared to wait outside due to continued social distancing efforts, which limits the number of people inside a facility at one time. We are allowing more people in the facilities at one time due to relaxed protocols.”
White noted that Senate Bill 2232, which Gov. JB Pritzker signed into law Friday and had passed the House and Senate by overwhelming margins, authorizes the Secretary of State’s office to extend driver’s license and ID card expiration dates to Jan. 1, 2022. SB 2232 was sponsored by state Sen. Laura Murphy, D-Des Plaines, and state Rep. Michelle Mussman, D-Schaumburg.
White urged the public to consider using online services when possible instead of visiting a facility because of heavy customer volume. White has greatly expanded online services and encourages the public to visit his office’s website at www.cyberdriveillinois.com. Many transactions can be conducted online, including buying license plate stickers, obtaining a duplicate driver’s license or ID card, and renewing driver’s licenses and ID cards, including Real IDs, for those who are eligible.
As a reminder, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security has extended the federal Real ID deadline to May 3, 2023.
White’s office continues to review ways to further expand online renewals for expired driver’s licenses and ID cards to reduce customer volume at driver services facilities.
Source: The Daily Chronicle