Driver Services Facilities To Extend Hours For REAL ID Applicants

David Marsett
December 03, 2019 - 10:12 am
A REAL ID illustration/ Illinois Secretary of State

A REAL ID illustration/ Illinois Secretary of State


CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- Less than a year from the deadline that requires all U.S. residents to obtain a Real ID if they fly domestically without a valid passport, the Illinois Secretary of State's Office announced some Driver Services facilities throughout the Chicagoland area will change their hours for Real ID applicants.

Because the federal mandate becomes effective Oct. 1, 2020, some locations will also offer "exclusive days" just for Real ID applicants.

“These new work hours are designed to best serve Illinoisans who do not have U.S. passports and who need to obtain a REAL ID," Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White said in a released statement. “Like states throughout the country, we have experienced an increased volume of customers applying for REAL IDs and expect this to continue through December 2020.”

The new hours take effect at multiple locations beginning Dec. 30 and will continue through Dec. 31 next year.

Keep in mind that everyone doesn't need a REAL ID. 

Domestic air travelers who have a valid U.S. passport, military ID or other TSA-acceptable form of identification won't need one. People also don't need a REAL ID if they don't fly domestically or visit secure federal facilities. 

Since April 2019, nearly 500,000 REAL IDs have been issued in Illinois, according to the Secretary of State Office website. 

For a list of facilities and hours, visit