Driver services facilities closed due to pandemic

Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White last week announced that driver services  facilities would be closed to the public for in person transactions effective Tuesday, Nov. 17, and will reopen on Monday, Dec. 7, 2020, due to the worsening COVID-19 pandemic. A driver services facility is located in Anna.

Driver services facilities previously had been closed from March through early June due to the pandemic.

White is encouraging the public to take advantage of online services.

In addition, White announced that expiration dates for driver’s licenses and ID cards will be extended until June 1, 2021. 

This June 1, 2021, extension also includes those who have February, March, April and May 2021 expiration dates. 

As a result, expired driver’s licenses and ID cards will remain valid until June 1, 2021.

 CDL (Commercial Driver License) holders and commercial permit holders are excluded from this extension due to federal requirements.

“After careful consideration, we have decided to close all driver services facilities until December 7, 2020, due to the worsening COVID-19 pandemic,” White said in a news release.

“The health and safety of employees and the public remains paramount and face-to-face transactions potentially increase the further spread of the virus. 

“We have extended expiration dates to assist people during this difficult time. I am also encouraging customers to consider using online services which are available for many office transactions.”

As White noted, many transactions with the Illinois Secretary of State’s office may be conducted online at, some of which include:

Renewing a license plate sticker. Renewing a valid driver’s license for qualifying drivers.

Renewing a valid ID card for those age 22-64 (seniors 65 and older have free, non-expiring IDs).

Obtaining a driver record abstract. Filing business services documents, such as incorporations and annual reports.

Customers with issues involving administrative hearings can contact

Those who are eligible for online driver’s license renewal will receive a letter from the Illinois Secretary of State’s office with a PIN necessary for online renewal. 

Those whose driver’s licenses or ID cards expired between Feb. 1, 2020, and Jan. 31, 2021, who qualify for online renewal should receive their PIN letter in December 2020 or January 2021. 

Those whose driver’s licenses or ID cards expire after Feb. 1, 2021, will receive their PIN letter approximately 90 days before their expiration date.

The Gazette-Democrat

112 Lafayette St.
Anna, Illinois 62906
Office Number: (618) 833-2158

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