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What Is the Real ID Law in Illinois?

Whether you have recently traveled or watched the TV news, you probably heard about the Real ID Law in Illinois. Congress passed this law in 2005 and applies to federally-controlled facilities and most airports.

With this law, it makes identification cards — like driver’s licenses — more secure and harder to forge. It was one of the recommendations that the 9/11 Commissions suggested. Here are a few things you need to know and how to get one.

  • The official deadline for needing a Real ID is still over a year away and falls on October 1, 2020.
  • In Illinois, it will cost the same to get a Real ID as the current prices for a driver’s license ($30) and state ID ($20).
  • Applying for a real ID requires a document that proves your identify like a birth certificate or passport, your Social Security number, two documents for proof of residency, and a written signature.
  • You can get a Real ID at the same driver’s services facility you currently use.
  • Once you have all the necessary documents, you will receive a temporary paper ID. This is not valid at airports. You will receive your new ID in the mail within 15 business days.

Bring your driver’s license with you when you visit K&J Chevrolet for a test drive of any new Chevrolet model in stock.

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