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Expired driver’s licenses extended until Feb. 1, 2021

Information provided by the Illinois Secretary of State

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (September 23, 2020) – Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White announced that expiration dates for driver’s licenses and ID cards have been extended an additional three months—from Nov. 1, 2020, until Feb. 1, 2021. This new Feb. 1 extension also includes those who have October, November, December and January expiration dates. As a result, expired driver’s licenses and ID cards will remain valid until Feb. 1, 2021, so customers do not need to rush into Driver Services facilities during the pandemic.

License plates stickers remain extended until Nov. 1, 2020, as they can easily be renewed online.

White continues to urge the public to consider using online services when possible instead of visiting a facility due to heavy customer volume. Customers who can conduct business online may go to to take advantage of online services—such as renewing license plate stickers, obtaining a duplicate driver’s license or ID card, obtaining a driving record abstract, or renewing a standard driver’s license through the Safe Driver renewal program—from the comfort of their own home. People who conduct online transactions will avoid waiting in line at a facility.

White noted that online transactions continue to rise, with an increase of 84 percent in online license plate sticker renewals when compared to the same period in 2019.

Month/YearOnline License Plate Sticker Renewals
June 1 – Sept. 20, 20201,201,659 (84 percent increase)
June 1 – Sept. 20, 2019654,596

White recently extended the driver’s license expiration date by one year for qualified drivers age 75 and older. The new expiration date is their birthday in 2021.

For those customers who must visit a facility, face masks are required. In addition, customers are asked to be patient due to heavy volume and to be prepared to wait outside in various types of weather. This is due to social distancing, which limits the number of people inside a facility at one time.

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Josh Bootsma
Josh Bootsma
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