CHICAGO (CBS) — Greater than a yr after it closed because of the pandemic, the Illinois Driver Providers facility within the basement of the Thompson Middle reopened on Monday.
The Illinois Secretary of State’s workplace mentioned the Thompson Middle facility had been closed since March 2020, however is now open once more on Mondays via Fridays, from 8 a.m. to five p.m.
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Temperature checks are required for anybody coming into the Thompson Middle, and masks and social distancing are required inside.
The doorway to the Chicago Central Driver Providers facility within the Thompson Middle is positioned at Randolph and Clark streets. The power is on the concourse degree within the basement.
“I’m happy that in working with Gov. Pritzker, we’re in a position to safely reopen the Thompson Middle facility permitting prospects downtown to entry needed driver and automobile companies,” Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White mentioned in an announcement.
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White’s workplace reminded Illinois residents that expiration dates for driver’s licenses and ID playing cards has been prolonged to Aug. 1, so individuals don’t must rush to a Driver Providers middle to get their licenses or ID playing cards renewed. The federal authorities additionally has prolonged the deadline for a REAL ID to Might 3, 2023.
Many different transactions carried out via Driver Providers amenities might be accomplished on-line, together with the acquisition of license plate stickers, acquiring a reproduction driver’s license or ID card, or renewing a regular driver’s license or ID card if you’re eligible.
In case you are eligible for the net renewal course of, it’s best to obtain a letter with the required PIN roughly 90 days earlier than your driver’s license or ID card expires. If you happen to haven’t obtained a letter, you possibly can test your eligibility on-line.
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The Chicago Loop Specific Driver Providers middle at 69 W. Washington St. stays closed to the general public, however all different Driver Providers amenities throughout the state have reopened.