U.S. Department of Homeland Security extended the REAL ID deadline an additional year to Oct. 1, 2021. Current Illinois driver's licenses or ID cards will continue to be accepted at airports, military bases and secure federal facilities until Oct. 1, 2021. View media release.
Expired Driver's Licenses and ID Cards Extended Until August 1, 2021.
For Illinois residents who fly domestically, the federal government has extended the Oct. 1, 2021, deadline that will require you to use a valid U.S. passport or obtain a REAL ID from the Illinois Secretary of State’s office. We are providing you with the choice either to obtain a REAL ID card or to keep a standard card. Take time to know your options. For information on other types of identification accepted by TSA, please visit the TSA website.
To see what documents you need to apply for a REAL ID, visit the REAL ID Interactive Checklist. Come prepared and be patient when visiting a Driver Services Facility.
All Driver Services facilities are issuing REAL IDs, with the exception of mobile units and express facilities (Diversey, Lockport, Orland Park, Rockford Auburn St., Roscoe and Washington). To find the nearest facility, visit Facility Finder.
|Action||Standard DL/ID||REAL ID DL/ID|
|Driving (DL only)||YES||YES|
|Using for general identification purposes||YES||YES|
|Boarding a domestic flight (U.S.) after Oct. 1, 2021||NO||YES|
|Entering a military base or secure federal facility after Oct. 1, 2021||NO||YES|