Arrival of 2020 brings REAL ID deadline

As we enter the new year it is a good time to visit the Secretary of State’s Driver Services Facility in your community and apply for the new REAL ID Illinois driver license. The deadline to obtain one for use as identification in airports, federal buildings and certain other secure facilities is October 1.

Federal law enacted in the aftermath of the September 11 terrorist attacks requires each state to upgrade its procedures for creating and issuing photo identification cards. Illinois obtained a series of extensions as it finalized its process, and now it has begun issuing these new federally-compliant ID cards. After October 1 the old Illinois driver license or Illinois ID card will no longer be accepted as proof of identity for boarding airplanes or other purposes.

Much information about the new ID cards, including the documents you will need to bring with you to apply, and the process of producing and receiving your new REAL ID compliant license or ID card, can be found by visiting