New Plano Driver Services

Plano Drivers Services Facility. ( photo by Tyler Bachman)

Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White announced on Monday, that later this month, several Driver Services facilities, including facilities in Plano and Aurora, will change operating hours and add exclusive days for customers who are seeking the state's new REAL ID driver's licenses and ID cards.

The secretary of state's office indicates facilities in Plano, Aurora and numerous others will be open Tuesday through Saturday with expanded hours on Saturday.

Tuesday through Friday hours will be 8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. Saturday hours will be 7:30 a.m.-2:00 p.m. Currently, facilities close at noon on Saturday.

Several facilities in the Chicago area will be open Monday through Saturday with Monday hours to serve only REAL ID customers.

The state says the new hours take effect Dec. 30, 2019 and will run through Dec. 31, 2020.

The federal government will require Americans to use a valid U.S. passport or obtain a REAL ID to fly domestically or visit secure federal facilities, beginning Oct. 1, 2020. Military ID or other TSA-acceptable form of identification will also be accepted.

Secretary of State White says in a statement that like states throughout the country, Illinois has experienced an increased volume of customers applying for REAL IDs and the demand is expected to continue through December 2020.

Several documents are required to obtain a REAL ID at a Driver Services Facility and those items can be viewed on the secretary of state's website.

The state says that since April 2019, nearly 500,000 REAL IDs have been issued statewide.