adult driverCHICAGO – State Senator Bill Cunningham is encouraging Illinois residents age 75 and older to take advantage of Secretary of State Jesse White’s decision to automatically renew their driver’s licenses if they expire this year.

“Older adults are at especially high risk of complications if they contract COVID-19,” said Cunningham, a Democrat who represents portions of Chicago and the southwest suburbs. “If you’re over 75 years old and your license expires this year, take advantage of this program and avoid the health risk of visiting a Secretary of State facility.”

Eligible drivers should soon receive a letter from the secretary of state as proof that they qualify. They are encouraged to keep the letter with their license to prove they license is valid, though police have also been informed of the extension.

This automatic extension follows several other efforts the secretary of state has taken to protect the safety of Illinois residents. Secretary of State White has also extended all licenses, ID cards, and vehicle registration that expired between the start of the pandemic and Sept. 30 until Nov. 1.

To protect the safety of both customers and staff, all driver services facilities have been set up with plexiglass barriers and markings to ensure proper social distancing. All customers are asked to wear face coverings.

Because of limited space, anyone visiting a driver services facility should be prepared to wait outside for an extended time. Many services, including vehicle sticker renewals can be accomplished online at All residents are encouraged to make use of these online services as much as possible.

Contact information of the nearest driver services facility can be found at Customers are encouraged to call first to determine wait times if they can’t safely wait outside.

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