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Changes Coming to Illinois Driver’s Licenses

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How you get a driver’s license, and the type of license you receive, will undergo big changes in Illinois beginning by the end of July.

Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White announced that his office is upgrading security features to the Driver’s License/ID card design and changing the process to reach full REAL ID compliance, which is a federal mandate of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS).

By the end of July, White says applicants visiting Driver Services facilities will no longer be issued a new driver’s license card.  Instead, they’ll receive a paper license valid for 45 days while their real license is processed.  After fraud checks have been conducted to ensure the applicant’s identity, a higher quality, more secure license will be printed and mailed.  There is no change in fees.

The new license design comes with several security features meant to prevent fraud.

“These changes are necessary for Illinois to be REAL ID compliant,” said White in a news release. “In addition, the changes further enhance our efforts to protect Illinoisans from fraud and identity theft.”

The main concern over not being compliant with REAL ID is that in time, Illinois Driver’s Licenses would not have been acceptable for TSA security checks at airports, meaning Illinois residents would have to use another form of secure ID such as a passport.

The Illinois Secretary of State’s Office has produced a video showing the process which you can see here.

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