U.S. Department of Homeland Security extended the REAL ID deadline to May 3, 2023. Current Illinois driver's licenses or ID cards will continue to be accepted at airports, military bases and secure federal facilities until May 3, 2023. View media release.
Illinois driver’s licenses, instruction permits and identification cards that have an expiration date between January 1, 2020 and December 31, 2021 have been extended until January 1, 2022. Commercial driver’s licenses and commercial learner’s permits are excluded from this extension.
For Illinois residents who fly domestically, the federal government has extended the deadline to May 3, 2023 that will require you to use a valid U.S. Passport or obtain a REAL ID from the Illinois Secretary of State's Office. 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 Township, Rockford Auburn St. and Roscoe). 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 May 3, 2023||NO||YES|
|Entering a military base or secure federal facility after May 3, 2023||NO||YES|