Now this is pretty exasperating even for Illinois. The Secretary of State's office has begun the process of making Illinois drivers licenses compliant with the Federal REAL ID act. This act requires drivers licenses to contain a variety of enhanced security features that take advantage of new developments in technology which means the person carrying it is who they say they are.
This is important especially for those who travel by plane because pretty soon if your state does not have this type of license, it will be much harder to get through security at airports. Illinois and Missouri are two of the few states which are way behind in creating this type of license.
But, and here's the frustrating thing about the new Illinois license. IT'S ONLY 75-84 PERCENT COMPLIANT. Which means you'll carry one thing that isn't really what is required and then have to go through a process to get the real thing when it's totally ready.
Here is a stream of comments from an Illinois resident on Twitter about this
Why would you commission a license resign that isn't 100% compliant? And why follow through when you KNEW it wasn't?
Why would you not wait to make the license 100% compatible? Why do I have to get two licenses?
WHY DO I LIVE HERE?