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Real ID: New Hours for Illinois Real ID Applicants | Immigration Attorney Mario Godoy

New Hours for Illinois Real ID Applicants

The Illinois Secretary of State has announced new hours for Illinois Real ID applicants at Driver Services facilities in the Chicago area. The new hours take effect at multiple locations beginning Dec. 30, 2019, and continuing through Dec. 31, 2020. With less than 1 year left to obtain a Real ID and only a small percentage of new driver’s license issues, there is a high demand for easier access to obtain a new license.

Many US travelers use their driver’s license as their form of identification when they fly domestically without a passport. Starting October 1, 2020, travelers will need a REAL ID-compliant driver’s license, US passport, US military ID to fly within the United States.

Non-citizen and undocumented immigrants may qualify for a driver’s license in Illinois. Illinois is one of 13 states that currently allow someone to get a driver’s license without a social security number.

Chicago Area Driver Services New Hours

The Chicago area driver services locations changing their hours include:

Chicago North, Chicago South and Chicago West facilities

Chicago North (5401 N. Elston Ave.), Chicago South (9901 S. Martin Luther King Dr.) and Chicago West (5301 W. Lexington Ave.) will be open Monday through Saturday.

• Monday hours will be 7:30 a.m.-2 p.m. and will serve only REAL ID customers.

• Tuesday through Friday hours will be 8 a.m.-5 p.m.

• Saturday hours will be 7:30 a.m.-2 p.m.

Northern Illinois and Chicago area facilities

The following facilities will be open Tuesday through Saturday with expanded hours on Saturday.

Tuesday through Friday hours will be 8 a.m.-5 p.m.

Saturday hours will be 7:30 a.m.-2 p.m. (Currently facilities close at noon on Saturday.)

• Aurora

• Elgin

• Plano

• Bridgeview

• Elk Grove Village

• Rockford CDL

• Chicago Heights

• Joliet

• Schaumburg

• Chicago North

• Lake Zurich

• South Holland

• Chicago South

• Lombard

• Waukegan

• Chicago West

• Melrose Park

• West Chicago

• Deerfield

• Midlothian

• Woodstock

• Des Plaines

• Naperville

The Chicago Central (JRTC) facility will be open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

United States immigration laws can be extraordinarily complicated. The attorneys at Chicago’s Godoy Law Office fight for the rights of immigrants in Illinois and help immigrants navigate the complex and numerous immigration policies, procedures, and regulations. If you need help with an immigration issue, please contact our office at 855-554-6369. 

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