by The Chicago Times Staff

September 7, 2021

SPRINGFIELD, IL —  The Illinois Secretary of State’s office is hoping that the lengthy wait times will soon end.  People who need REAL IDs, driver’s licenses, or ID cards must now make an appointment at one of several suburban facilities beginning Wednesday.

Appointments will now be required in Schaumburg, Bridgeview, Lombard, Des Plaines, Waukegan, Naperville, Aurora, Plano, and Joliet.  These nine locations join seven other facilities in the state that already operate on an appointment-only basis.

However, seniors, people with disabilities, and pregnant women will still be able to walk in without an appointment. 

Appointments can be made up to ten days ahead of time by visiting or calling (844) 817-4649.

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