For me, this news couldn't have arrived at a better time. My drivers license is expired, and in three weeks, my registration will be as well.

The COVID-19 pandemic has screwed up many parts of our lives. I completely forgot to get my license renewed as things were getting crazy with businesses closing and a Stay At Home order. In the midst of the lockdowns, my fiancé and I had to switch our wedding plans around. Instead of our planned out-of-state wedding location, we're now doing something back here in Illinois. That meant we now needed an Illinois marriage license, but for the first five weeks of the quarantine, Winnebago county wasn't issuing marriage licenses. They're issuing them now, but you need to bring your drivers license to apply. My expired license, I thought, would spoil our plan to get married again. Upon arrival at the  county building in downtown Rockford, I was given this good news I'm so happy to share with you.

We owe a great big 'thank you' to Illinois Secretary of State, Jesse White. Illinois Driver's License facilities have been closed since the middle of March.

“Realizing that this was going to be a problem, Sec. (Jesse White) took the initiative, by law, to extend the driver’s license date and the registration date, which is the sticker on the back of your license plate, for 90 days, 9-0, from the day that we reopen,” secretary of state spokesman Dave Druker.

“We are closed now, so the clock isn’t even running on that. So I just want to reassure everyone: you’re fine. The police know about it.”

No fines. No tickets. And remember, you still have 90 days from the day the driver's license facilities re-open, to get everything squared away.

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