Demand High For 'REAL ID' Cards, 1 Year Away From Deadline

Nancy Harty
October 15, 2019 - 6:21 pm

A REAL ID illustration (Illinois Secretary of State)

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CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- Long lines outside driver’s license facilities have prompted the Illinois Secretary of State's Office to extend hours for people getting REAL IDs. 

Spokesman Dave Druker says the office is trying to find new ways to address the influx of people getting new IDs that comply with tougher federal security guidelines.

So, they added hours at licensing centers in Naperville, Schaumburg and Deerfield on days those locations are usually closed.  

Drivers have complained of long lines. More people feel they need the ID cards because they will be required at all U.S. airports beginning Oct. 1, 2020.

Druker says his office plans to announce more pop ups events in the future.