Secretary of State Offices Set Reopening Timelines

May 26, 2020

Credit IL Secretary of State

Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White has set a timetable for offices around the state to open, allowing people to take care of drivers licenses, vehicle registrations, and other services.

Under the plan, Secretary of State offices will begin to reopen for in-person services June first.

White says the first two months of reopening will be ONLY for new drivers licenses, license renewals, and vehicle registrations. The office estimates there are 700,000 expired licenses currently, and nearly 2 million expired vehicle registrations.

June 2 – Tuesday through Saturday facilities (all Driver Services facilities statewide outside Chicago metro area) will open Tuesday, June 2. Hours of operation are Tuesday 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Wednesday through Friday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday 7:30 a.m. to noon. For the first two months through July 31, these facilities will ONLY serve:

  • New drivers (most will be 16-year-old driver applicants)
  • Customers with expired driver’s licenses and ID cards
  • Vehicle transactions

Customers and Secretary of State employees will be required to wear face masks unless a medical condition prohibits the safe use of a mask. Plexiglass dividers have been installed at all work stations and tape has been applied to the floor in 6-foot intervals to follow social distancing guidelines, limiting the number of customers inside a facility at one time. For drive tests, employees will wear a face mask and a face shield due to the close proximity with the customer inside the vehicle. Customers will be required to wear face masks unless medically unable. Disposable plastic will be used to cover the vehicle seats during the drive test and then discarded immediately after the conclusion of the drive test.

License expirations were extended 90 days because of the coronavirus closings and restrictions.

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