Illinois DMVs to begin reopening June 1

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CHICAGO — Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White has released the reopening plan for Illinois driver services.

All facilities across the state will only be serving new drivers, people with expired IDs and vehicle transactions until July 31.

On June 1, Chicago facilities will reopen, except for the location at the Thompson Center.

On June 2, suburban Chicago locations and all other locations outside of the Chicago metro area will reopen.

White is encouraging residents to take advantage of services offered online.


  • Most facilities will be reopening with limited service June 1 and June 2.
  • Locations at the James R. Thompson Center and Chicago Loop Express (69 W. Washington) will reopen July 1 because the buildings will not be opened to the public until that date.  

Limited services

  • From June 1 through July 31, facilities will only serve new drivers, customers with expired driver’s licenses or ID cards and vehicle transactions (including vehicle registrations and renewals).
  • Currently there are more than 700,000 expired driver’s licenses/ID cards and 1.9 million expired vehicle registrations in Illinois.

Extended expirations

  • All expiration dates for driver’s licenses, ID cards and vehicle registrations have been extended at least 90 days after the governor’s disaster proclamation executive order ends. If your expiration date occurs after the executive order ends, the 90-day extension does not apply. If you renew your expired vehicle registration, the new expiration date will be one year from the original expiration, not the date of the renewal. 
  • The deadline to get a REAL ID has been extended one year until October 1, 2021.

Online services

  • Drivers who do not need emissions testing can renew vehicle registration online here.
  • Drivers with a clean record for four years can renew licenses online here.
  • For other online services click here.

Safety measures

  • Road tests:  Employees will wear a face mask and a face shield due to the close proximity with the customer inside the vehicle. Customers will be required to wear face masks unless medically unable. Disposable plastic will be used to cover the vehicle seats during the drive test and then discarded immediately after the conclusion of the drive test.
  • Eye tests: First time drivers and those who are 75 and older will still have to do the vision test.  For everyone else, the vision test will be waived for four years. For those who still need to have their eyes tested, employees will be aggressively cleaning eye test areas after each use. You can also obtain a letter from your eye doctor as an alternate. For more information click here.

Emissions testing

The Secretary of State’s Office does not have control over the vehicle emissions testing sites. The Illinois Environmental Protection Agency’s website currently says that testing is “anticipated to resume beginning June 1, 2020,” but we are waiting to hear if that date still holds. Drivers will have 90 days after the disaster proclamation ends to renew their registration. 

Commercial drivers

You can still renew your CDL, as trucking is considered an essential service. You have to make an appointment to do the driving test but can walk-in to do written test.

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