Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White announced Thursday that he plans to keep all of his offices — barring three exceptions — closed to the public through Jan. 24 due to the surge in positive COVID-19 cases across the region.
“After careful consideration and out of an abundance of caution, we have decided to extend the closures of offices and driver services facilities an additional week,” White said in a news release issued Thursday.
“The health and safety of employees and the public remain my top priority, and face-to-face transactions potentially increase the further spread of the virus. 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."
Facilities that operate Tuesday through Saturday are scheduled to reopen Jan. 25.
White noted in the news release that three Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) facilities will open on Tuesday, Jan. 18, for in-person CDL services only. The CDL facilities are: Rockford, 4734 Baxter Road, Springfield, 2701 S. Dirksen Parkway and Marion, 1905 Rendelman St.
As of Thursday, there have been over 2.5 million total cases of COVID-19 and over 28,000 deaths recorded in Illinois, according to the Illinois Department of Public Health.
The Secretary of State offices and facilities first closed on January 3, due to the surge in COVID-19 cases statewide.
Driver Services facilities that operate Tuesday through Saturday will reopen on January 25.
White is encouraging the public to visit ilsos.gov for online services. Online transactions will remain open for all departments to conduct office services, including, but not limited to renewing a license plate sticker, renewing a driver’s license or ID card, and obtaining a duplicate driver’s license or ID card.
White has also extended all driver’s licenses and ID card expiration dates to March 31. Expiration dates for CDL's and commercial learner's permits have been extended to Jan. 31 for CDLs and CLPs with expiration dates between Nov. 1, 2021 and Jan. 31, 2022.
This article originally appeared on Rockford Register Star: Illinois driver services facilities to remain closed due to COVID-19