COVID-19 Cases Extend IL Secretary of State Closures Another Week

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CHICAGO — Illinois residents who were waiting to tend to business having to do with their driver’s license in person at a Secretary of State service center will have to wait even longer than expected due to surging COVID-19 cases.

Secretary of State Jesse White announced Thursday that all SOS offices, including driver services facilities, will now be closed until Jan. 24 – a week longer than expected after an initial announcement that facilities would be closed Jan. 3-17.

White cited the rising number of COVID-19 cases and said the additional closures are being done “out of an abundance of caution”. Service centers that operate on a Tuesday-Saturday schedule will reopen on Jan. 25.

“The health and safety of employees and the public remains my top priority, and face-to-face transactions potentially increase the further spread of the virus,” White said in a news release. “We are pleased to see what appears to be the beginning of a downswing in COVID-19 cases and, if this trend continues, we will reopen Jan. 24 for face-to-face transactions.”

White said that three Commercial Driver’s License facilities will open on Tuesday. for in- person CDL services only. The CDL facilities are located in Rockford, Springfield and Marion.

White continues encouraging the public to visit for online services. Online transactions will remain open for all departments to conduct office services, including, but not limited to the following, White said:

  • Renewing a license plate sticker.

  • Renewing a driver’s license or ID card for those who qualify (individuals may call 217-785-1424 to confirm their eligibility or to obtain their PIN).

  • Obtaining a duplicate driver’s license or ID card.

  • Obtaining a driver record abstract.

  • Filing Business Services documents, such as incorporations and annual reports.

The Drivers and Vehicles Services hotline phone number remains open at 800-252-8980. Customers with issues involving administrative hearings may email or call 312-793- 3722 or 217-782-7065. White has extended all driver’s license and ID card expiration dates to March 31.

This article originally appeared on the Chicago Patch

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