martwick 03032020CM0644CHICAGO – With many older adults heavily Impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, State Senator Robert Martwick (D-Chicago) wants to highlight a recent announcement by the secretary of state’s office that all valid driver’s licenses held by Illinoisans who are 75 years of age or older have been extended by one year.

“It’s important to ensure the health and safety of everyone in our community,” Martwick said. “Extending licenses allows older adults to maintain social distancing as they are at high risk of complications from COVID-19 during this time.”

As a result, drivers age 75 and older with a 2020 driver’s license expiration date do not need to visit a facility to renew their licenses until shortly before their birthday in 2021.

There are approximately 147,000 drivers age 75 and over with expired or expiring driver’s licenses in 2020. Letters are being sent to drivers that qualify for this extension. The letter should be kept with the qualifying driver as further proof of the one-year extension. In addition, driving records on the secretary of state’s computer system have been updated to show the new 2021 expiration dates for qualified drivers, and law enforcement agencies both state and nationwide have been notified of the extended expiration dates.

In addition to being 75 or older, the driver must have a valid license. Drivers whose licenses are suspended or revoked do not qualify for the one-year extension. All other drivers whose licenses have expired since the beginning of the pandemic have been extended until Nov. 1, 2020.

For those customers who must visit a facility, face masks are required. In addition, these customers are asked to be patient due to heavy volume and to be prepared to wait outside in various types of weather. This is due to social distancing, which limits the number of people inside a facility at one time.

Illinois law gives the Illinois secretary of state the authority to extend driver’s license expiration dates. For more information, visit