Changes Coming To The Way You Get A License In Illinois

Changes Coming To The Way You Get A License In Illinois

The process for applying for a license or state ID card in Illinois is about to get a little more complicated and a lot more secure. 

Starting at the end of July, applicants will receive a temporary paper card when they pass a driver’s test. The actual license will arrive about 45 days later. The change in timeframe will allow the licenses and ID cards to be processed off-site in a facility that can provide anti-counterfeiting security not currently available at the DMV. 

The reason for all the changes is to make Illinois licenses and ID cards compliant with the federal REAL ID mandate from the Department of Homeland Security. 

Morning Shift talks to Illinois Secretary of State spokesman Dave Druker about what the new process means for you