Drivers services, other offices closing


Measure begins Tuesday, to last for at least two weeks

Published by Capitol News Illinois on March 16, 2020

By Rebecca Anzel
Statehouse Reporter


SPRINGFIELD — Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White announced all offices under his purview, including driver services facilities, will be closed from Tuesday through March 31.

A spokesperson said the hope is for services to resume April 1. Other offices closed include that of the Secretary of State Police and Illinois Securities Department.

Only “skeleton crews” of necessary employees will remain at work, the spokesperson said.

For anyone whose driver’s license, for instance, expires during that time period, White’s office said in a news release not to worry — the secretary of state is asking for the Joint Commission on Administrative Rules to extend those expiration dates by 30 days.

“After careful consideration, it is clear that this decision to close offices and driver services facilities is the right one to make for the health and safety of Illinoisans,” White said in a statement. “This important action will help prevent the spread of the COVID-19 virus.”

Illinoisans can visit to get a duplicate driver’s license and renew their vehicle registration.

“We will do everything we can to help protect the health and safety of our residents,” White said in a statement. “This will, and must, be the guiding principle of our decision making.”