Illinois Secretary of State extends closure of DMV facilities amid pandemic

Illinois Secretary of State extends closure of DMV facilities
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SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (WBBM NEWSRADIO) — Secretary of State Jesse White announced Friday that driver services facilities will remain closed for in-person business as the coronavirus pandemic continues.

Facilities have been closed since mid-November and were scheduled to reopen Dec. 7.

The reopening date has been pushed back to January 5, 2021.

Secretary White’s office is encouraging Illinois residents to use its website, for a majority of services.

“If an individual can conduct business with our office from the comfort of their own home, one, they’ll get their business done immediately and secondly they won’t have to go to a facility when they reopen,” said Henry Haupt, a spokesman for the Secretary of State's office.

Last month, White also extended the expiration date for driver’s licenses and IDs through June 1, 2021.

Starting next week, 17 facilities will be open for in-person transactions, but only for new drivers.

“This is something that Secretary White realized and understood was important for primarily teens, but also their family. It gives these teens an opportunity to come in if they have to take an exam or get their photo taken for the driver's license picture,” added Haupt.

Seven facilities across the state, including the Chicago north and south facilities, will continue offering drive-thru services for license plate stickers only.

All commercial drivers license facilities are open for truck drivers through the end of the year.