Important Information for Airline Passengers – Updated

REAL ID and Air Travel

Although the state of Illinois has received an extension to October 10, 2018 for bringing driver’s licenses up to compliance, Illinois licenses are still not in compliance with the Department of Homeland Security’s REAL ID Act. 

If the state does not bring all licenses up to compliance by next October, domestic air travelers with Illinois driver’s licenses may be required to provide alternate acceptable identification which includes a passport or passport card. If travelers cannot provide acceptable forms of identification, they may not be permitted through the security checkpoint. (Check for updates on Illinois’ compliance as well as other states.)

The Cherry Valley Public Library is an official passport application acceptance agency.  If you would like to be on the safe side of this issue and obtain a U.S. passport, call the library at 815-332-5161 and make an appointment to apply. Keep in mind that the current average processing time until you get your new passport is approximately six weeks.