Illinoisans with expired driver’s licenses, ID cards and learner’s permits have until July 31 to renew the documents following a deadline extension announced by Secretary of State Jesse White.
The previous extension was set to end on March 31, 2022. As a result of the extension, expired driver’s licenses, ID cards and learner’s permits will remain valid until July 31, 2022. White’s office announced the extension Friday, saying the decision was also due to inclement weather.
Restricted Driving Permits (RDPs) that expired on or after Dec. 1, 2021 through July 30 will remain valid until July 31.
The extension does not apply to commercial driver’s licenses (CDL) and CDL learner’s permits.
Secretary of State’s facilities have also closed to visitors numerous times due to what the office said was out of safety precautions during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The office also offers online renewals for expired driver’s licenses and ID cards and continues to mail letters to eligible customers. The letter provides driver’s license and ID card holders with a unique PIN needed to renew online instead of visiting a facility and waiting in line. Customers are invited to call 217-785-1424 to confirm their eligibility for online renewal or to obtain their PIN.
New residents seeking an Illinois license for the first time cannot apply online, but must go to an office in person to receive documentation.
Customers who must visit a facility include first-time driver’s license or ID card applicants, first-time REAL ID applicants and drivers ages 75 and older who are required by state law to visit a facility when renewing their license.
In addition to driver’s license and ID card renewals for those who qualify, online services include obtaining a duplicate driver’s license or ID card, ordering a driver record and purchasing license plate stickers.
The U.S. Department of Homeland Security has extended the federal REAL ID deadline to May 3, 2023.