Secretary of State Jesse White and I are sponsoring a workshop on the new “Temporary Visitor Driver’s License” (TVDL) for undocumented immigrants. The workshop will take place this Wednesday, August 28th, 7:00 p.m., at St. Jerome’s Church Parish Center, 1709 W. Lunt.
This past January, Governor Pat Quinn signed into law a bill that will allow undocumented immigrants who reside in Illinois the right to obtain a three year, renewable TVDL if they have lived in the state for at least one year and provide proof of residence and auto insurance. Individuals may begin applying for TVDLs later this year.
Illinois’ TVDLs are visually distinct from regular driver’s licenses and can only be used for driving. They cannot be used for identification purposes or to buy guns, vote or board a plane. Undocumented immigrants with a TVDL cannot obtain state or national benefits that they otherwise are not entitled to receive, as these licenses do not confirm legal immigration status, which still must be shown to receive such benefits.
As all drivers applying for a license, undocumented immigrants will need to demonstrate good driving skills by passing a driving test and purchase drivers’ insurance. One of the principal goals of the law is to reduce the number of unskilled and uninsured drivers on the road.
For a pdf that answers some frequently asked questions about the new law, visit:
The workshop will cover the eligibility requirements and procedures of the new law. If you are an undocumented immigrant or work with or know undocumented immigrants, I urge you to attend this informative meeting.