A new driver's facility opened earlier this week in Ottawa at 4111 Progress Drive.

The Secretary of State's office wanted to remind people of the new location Friday.

The 3,775 square-foot facility is about 1,600 square feet larger than the former facility on Stevenson Road.

“This new facility in Ottawa is conveniently located, just two miles from the former facility, and about three miles from I-80,” said Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White in a press statement. “As our lease at the previous facility was not renewed and the owner of that space wished to move in a different direction, it was my priority to find a new location in Ottawa.

"This new facility is much larger than the old one and will serve Ottawa and the surrounding communities well.”

The former facility closed in October 2019, leaving Ottawa without a driver's service facility for the past 11 months.

White’s office has been working with the new landlord who, as part of the 10-year lease agreement, is in charge of making necessary modifications to the building. These modifications, standard when opening a driver services facility at a new site, are designed to maximize the facility’s traffic flow and efficiency, the office said in a press release.

White has extended all expiration dates to Nov. 1, 2020, for driver’s licenses/ID cards and license plate stickers, so customers do not need to rush into driver services facilities. In addition, White is reminding drivers age 75 and older with valid driver’s licenses their driver’s license expiration date has been extended by one year; the new expiration date is their birthday in 2021.

For those customers who must visit a facility, face masks are required. In addition, customers are asked to be patient due to heavy volume and to be prepared to wait outside in various types of weather. This is due to social distancing, which limits the number of people inside a facility at one time.

White continues to urge the public to consider using online services when possible. Customers may go to www.cyberdriveillinois.com to take advantage of online services — such as renewing license plate stickers — from the comfort of their own home. People who conduct online transactions will avoid waiting in line at a facility.

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