A sample of what the new Illinois driver's license will look like.
Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White announced his office is upgrading security features to the driver’s license and ID card design and expanding the central issuance process for driver’s licenses and ID cards to all applicants.
With implementation of these changes, the state has moved closer to achieving full Real ID compliance, a federal mandate of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.
By the end of July, applicants visiting driver services facilities will no longer be issued a new permanent driver’s license and ID card at the end of the application process. Instead, they will leave the facility with a temporary secure paper driver’s license, which is valid for 45 days and will serve as their driver’s license for driving purposes and proof of identification. The temporary, secure paper driver’s license or ID card will contain a photo and the basic information that appears on the permanent driver’s license or ID card. In addition, the facility employee will return the old DL/ID card back to the applicant after punching a hole in it.
Meanwhile, the applicant’s information will be sent to a centralized, secure facility in Illinois. After fraud checks have been conducted to ensure the applicant’s identity, a higher-quality, more secure DL/ID will be printed and sent via U.S. mail within 15 business days to the applicant’s address.
“These changes are necessary for Illinois to be Real ID-compliant,” White said. “In addition, the changes further enhance our efforts to protect Illinoisans from fraud and identity theft. The upgraded driver’s license and ID card contain a variety of enhanced security features that take advantage of new developments in technology.”
For purposes of air travel, DHS states it will accept the temporary document in conjunction with the old DL/ID to board an aircraft until the permanent card arrives in the mail. Illinois joins 39 other states that have moved to centralized production of DL/ID cards. This includes populous states like California, Texas and New York, as well as Illinois’ neighboring states.
DHS announced in January that Illinois DL/IDs will continue to be accepted as primary forms of identification to board commercial airplanes for domestic travel until Jan. 22, 2018. The Illinois Secretary of State’s office continues to work with DHS and the Illinois General Assembly on the Real ID Act.