CHICAGO (CBS) — Driver service centers in Illinois, which were originally scheduled to reopen on Monday, will remain closed for an additional week, amid Omicron’s current surge in COVID-19 cases.
The office of Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White first closed its driver services facilities and other offices on January 3 due to the growing number of COVID-19 cases across the country. State. Those offices were supposed to reopen Jan. 17, but will now remain closed until Jan. 24, “out of an abundance of caution and due to the continued high number of new COVID-19 cases statewide.”
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All Departments of the Secretary of State, including Driver Service Centers, will reopen Jan. 24, except for facilities that operate Tuesday through Saturday. These sites will reopen on January 25.
“After careful consideration and out of an abundance of caution, we have decided to extend the closure of the Driver Services offices and facilities for another week, with a reopening date set for Monday, January 24, 2022, due to the continued high number of Cases of COVID-19,” White said in a statement. “The health and safety of employees and the public remains my top priority, and face-to-face dealings potentially increase the spread of the virus. We are excited to see what appears to be the start of a decline in COVID-19 cases and, if this trend continues, we will reopen on January 24 for face-to-face transactions.
Meanwhile, three Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) facilities will open on Tuesday, January 18, for in-person CDL services only. CDL’s facilities are: Rockford at 4734 Baxter Rd., Springfield at 2701 S. Dirksen Pkwy. and Marion at 1905 Rendelman Street.
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Although Illinois Driver Service Centers are closed for in-person transactions, drivers will still be able to visit the Secretary of State’s website to renew their vehicle stickers, obtain a duplicate driver’s license or part identification or get their driving record. Eligible individuals can also renew their driver’s license or ID card online and can call 217-785-1424 to confirm eligibility or obtain their PIN.
But anyone who needs to provide legal documents, or anyone with a criminal history, still has to wait and walk in to do it all in person.
Additionally, the Drivers and Vehicles Services hotline phone number will remain open at 800-252-8980. Customers with issues involving administrative hearings can email [email protected] or call 312-793-3722 or 217-782-7065.
The state has already extended the expiration dates for expired driver’s licenses and ID cards through March 31, 2022. The extension does not apply to commercial driver’s licenses (CDLs) or driver’s licenses. CDL apprentice.
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As a reminder, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security has extended the Federal REAL ID deadline until May 3, 2023. After that date, travelers will need a REAL ID ID card, passport or other acceptable form of identification for air travel. The TSA provides a list of acceptable identifiers online.