crowe 04212021HAO0225 rMARYVILLE – State Senator Rachelle Aud Crowe (D-Glen Carbon) is reminding Illinois drivers they will now have an additional three months to renew their licenses as the Secretary of State extends the deadline once again.

“To ensure residents are covered while DMV employees work to respond to heavy customer volumes, allotting extra time to expiration dates ensures operations continue smoothly,” Crowe said. “With extended deadlines to get into a facility, people now have more time to renew state licenses and identification cards without worrying about waiting in long lines.”

Secretary of State Jesse White’s office announced Friday that expiration dates for driver’s licenses and ID cards has been extended an additional three months to March 31, 2022. However, the new expiration date does not apply to commercial driver’s licenses. The extension comes as secretary of state offices across Illinois continue to get caught up following COVID-19-related closures to their daily operations.

To cut down on long lines and wait times, Crowe encourages individuals to take advantage of the secretary of state’s online services at These services include:

  • Renewing a vehicle registration;
  • Applying for a vehicle title and registration;
  • Obtaining a duplicate driver’s license or ID card;
  • Obtaining a driving record abstract;
  • Renewing a standard driver’s license with the Safe Driver Renewal program.

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security has also extended the federal REAL ID deadline to May 3, 2023. Current Illinois driver’s licenses or ID cards will continue to be accepted at airports, military bases and secure federal facilities.

For more information and to take advantage of online services, including license plate renewal, people can visit