New Illinois ID cards and Driver’s Licenses – Coming soon!
Is your state ID card and/or license expiring soon? Starting in late July, you will no longer be able to walk into the Secretary of State to renew your ID card/license and walk out with a new one. Instead, you will be required to present your old ID card/license which will be scanned, and copies will be sent to the Springfield office. Information will be evaluated as a part of a nationwide security effort mandated by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s REAL ID Act. Your old ID card/license will be hole-punched, and a temporary paper replacement will be issued.
In effort tocombat fraud, identity theft, and comply with a federal mandate, new licenses and ID cards will be mailed and expected to arrive approximately 15 business days later.
The new design cards will be made centrally in Springfield and will be “highly sophisticated and contain security features that are among the most advanced in the country,” according to Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White’s office. Prices are known to remain the same.
Flying anywhere before your new ID card/license arrives? No worries. Be sure to take your temporary paper ID/license and old hole-punched ID/license. Transportation Security Administration officials will accept these as forms of identification for the expedited security screening program as well, TSA Pre. Passports will still be required for international travel.