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New driver services facility set to open Sept. 15 in Ottawa

Facility will be located on Progress Drive

Nearly a year after the driver services facility in Ottawa closed, a new facility is set to open at 4111 Progress Drive.

The 3,775 square-foot facility is scheduled to open Tuesday, Sept. 15. It is about 1,600 square feet larger than the former facility on Stevenson Road.

“This new facility in Ottawa is conveniently located, just two miles from the former facility, and about three miles from I-80,” said Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White in a press statement. “As our lease at the previous facility was not renewed and the owner of that space wished to move in a different direction, it was my priority to find a new location in Ottawa.

"This new facility is much larger than the old one and will serve Ottawa and the surrounding communities well.”

The former facility closed in October 2019, leaving Ottawa without a driver's service facility for the past 11 months.

White’s office has been working with the new landlord who, as part of the 10-year lease agreement, is in charge of making necessary modifications to the building. These modifications, standard when opening a driver services facility at a new site, are designed to maximize the facility’s traffic flow and efficiency, the office said in a press release.

White has extended all expiration dates to Nov. 1, 2020, for driver’s licenses/ID cards and license plate stickers, so customers do not need to rush into driver services facilities. In addition, White is reminding drivers age 75 and older with valid driver’s licenses their driver’s license expiration date has been extended by one year; the new expiration date is their birthday in 2021.

For those customers who must visit a facility, face masks are required. In addition, 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.

White continues to urge the public to consider using online services when possible. Customers may go to www.cyberdriveillinois.com to take advantage of online services — such as renewing license plate stickers — from the comfort of their own home. People who conduct online transactions will avoid waiting in line at a facility.

Prior to the Ottawa facility opening Sept. 15, customers are encouraged to visit the nearest driver services facilities, including:

• La Salle Driver Services Facility at 536 Third St.

• Streator Driver Services Facility at 201 Dannys Dr., Suite 6

• Mendota Driver Services Facility at 108 E. 12th St.

• Morris Driver Services Facility at 425 East U.S. 6

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