DeKALB – Residents of DeKalb County who wish to acquire a driver’s license, actual ID, or pass a road test must first make an appointment at the Secretary of State at 1360 Oakwood Ave. at DeKalb.
DeKalb facilities are open 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Tuesday and 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday through Friday. The office is closed on Sunday and Monday.
According to a press release from Secretary of State Jesse White, appointments are required for anyone wishing to take a drive-through road test, obtain real ID, a standard driver’s license or ID cards .
Vehicle services, such as renewing a license plate sticker or applying for a vehicle title, do not require an appointment.
The Secretary of State’s office encourages those who are able to do business online at ilsos.gov, which the statement said can reduce or eliminate the need to visit a chauffeur service center in person.
Some online options include the ability to renew a license and ID card. The online portal also makes it possible to obtain a duplicate card in the event of loss or theft, to change address, to order a driving record and to buy registration stickers.
However, new state or county residents cannot obtain an Illinois license or ID card online and must attend a facility in person.
People over 50, veterans, people with disabilities and pregnant women will be served walk-in or can book appointments at any designated appointment facility, according to the secretary of state’s office.
To find appointment times, visit www.ilsos.gov as new appointments are available daily.
For those without internet access, the Secretary of State is partnering with the Chicago Lighthouse to provide a hotline available for appointments at 844-817-4649.