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Closure of Sauk Valley Driver Services offices extended to Jan. 25

SPRINGFIELD – Driver license facilities, closed for two weeks on Jan. 3 because of the surge in COVID-19 cases, will remain closed a week longer “out of an abundance of caution,” the Secretary of State’s office announced Thursday.

“... 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,” Secretary of State Jesse White said in a news release.

There are four Driver Services offices in the Sauk Valley, at 1224 W. Fourth St. in Sterling, 925 S Peoria Ave. in Dixon, 236 Main St. in Chadwick and 1302 Pines Road in Oregon.

They operate on a Tuesday through Saturday schedule, though, and so will reopen a day later, on Jan. 25.

Three Commercial Driver’s License facilities will open Tuessay for in-person CDL services only. They are at 4734 Baxter Road in Rockford, 2701 S. Dirksen Parkway in Springfield at 1905 Rendelman St. in Marion.

Online services remain available at ilsos.gov, where people can:

• Renew a license plate sticker.

• Renew 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).

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

• Obtain a driver record abstract.

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

In addition, the Drivers and Vehicles Services hotline remains open at 800-252-8980. Customers with issues involving administrative hearings can email adminhearings@ilsos.gov or call 312-793-3722 or 217-782-7065.

All driver’s license and ID card expiration dates are extended to March 31. Expiration dates for commercial driver’s licenses and commercial learner’s permits are extended to Jan. 31 for CDLs and CLPs with expiration dates between Nov. 1 and Jan. 31.

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security has extended the federal REAL ID deadline to May 3, 2023.

Go to ilsos.gov for more information.