State Driver Services facilities will be reopening soon, and in the first 2 months will serve only new drivers, those with expired driver’s licenses/ID cards and those with vehicle transactions, the Secretary of State's office said in a news release this morning.

All Sauk Valley and other facilities outside Chicago will be open from 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday through Friday, and from 7:30 a.m. to noon Saturday, starting June 2.

Customers and employees will be required to wear face masks absent a medical condition that prohibits it, the release said.

There now are plastic dividers at all work stations and tape on the floors in 6-foot intervals, limiting the number of customers inside a facility at one time.

For drive tests, employees will wear a face mask and a face shield, and test-takers will be required to wear face masks unless medically unable. Disposable plastic will cover the seats and be discarded immediately after.

Residents are directed to use www.cyberdriveillinois.com for all other services, including renewing or getting duplicate registration stickers, licenses and ID cards, or copies of driver's records, the release said.

In light of the pandemic, residents also have a 90-day grace period beyond the demise of the June 1 disaster proclamation to renew driver’s licenses, ID cards and vehicle registrations, to ensure they remain valid and to help alleviate the initial rush of customers visiting reopened facilities.

In addition, the federal government extended the REAL ID deadline by 1 year, until Oct. 1, 2021. People with valid U.S. passports are encouraged to delay visiting a facility to apply for a REAL ID until their driver’s licenses are nearly expired.

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