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SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (WAND) - Illinois Secretary of State departments will not conduct in-person transactions  for another week,

The postponement will last until Jan. 24 and includes driver services the agency said.

The agency cited the climbing number of COVID-19 cases statewide as the reason for the move.

The Secretary of State offices and facilities first closed on Jan. 3, due to the surge.

Driver Services facilities operating on a Tuesday–Saturday schedule will reopen on Tuesday, Jan. 25.

“We are pleased to see what appears to be the beginning of a downswing in COVID-19 cases and, if this trend continues, we will reopen Jan. 24 for face-to-face transactions,” Secretary of State Jesse White said.

White said three commercial driver’s license facilities will open on Tuesday, Jan. 18, for in-person CDL services only. Those facilities are in Rockford, Springfield and Marion.

White is encouraging the public to visit ilsos.gov for online services, including renewing a license plate sticker, renewing a driver’s license or ID card and filing business services documents such as incorporations and annual reports.

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