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First day for undocumented immigrants to get driver’s license in Illinois

Today, Illinois becomes the largest state in the US to allow undocumented residents to get a temporary driver’s license. The demand is high but the process, so far, is slow.

The state program director says the slow start is by design.

For now, only six people at two Secretary of State Facilities will be allowed to test each day. An incredibly small number when you consider hundreds of thousands of people want a temporary visitor drivers license.

500,000 people in all are said to want one, producing 10,000 calls a day.  It’s a major road bump for applicants.

Only six undocumented applicants in Chicago and another six in Springfield are able to apply for 3 year temporary driver’s license today.

In addition to scrutinizing documents, taking tests and taking pictures, there is also verification that takes place downstate, which is an additional step. The state promises everyone’s information is protected by the Drivers Privacy Act.  Nothing will be turned over to another government agency without a subpoena.

By January 1st, 36 facilities will be processing temporary visitor drivers licenses. The Secretary of State office encourages people to make appointments on line to avoid back up on the phone lines.


6 Comments to “First day for undocumented immigrants to get driver’s license in Illinois”

    Fred said:
    December 3, 2013 at 5:47 PM

    Did anyone see the video show on channel 9 around 5:40 pm tonight, just love the SUV the undocumented driver was driving.

    Scott said:
    December 3, 2013 at 7:23 PM

    Wow!!! Completely unbelievable how much are country has gone down the drain. I have a better idea lets send back the minute they apply. How outrageously stupid!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    esco said:
    December 3, 2013 at 8:47 PM

    Anything else we can do for you while you're here? (sarc)

    Frank said:
    December 3, 2013 at 9:25 PM

    How about the fact that the guy in the video drove himself to the DMV office then drove himself home! No one else was with him. Isn't that illegal??? I don't get it.

    Anna said:
    December 3, 2013 at 9:41 PM

    Totally agree with Fred and Frank. Nice Escalade. Why does the guy who is already breaking the law by being here illegally and then driving himself to the DMV illegally get away with it? Shouldn't his interview count as a confession?

      tvdl applicant said:
      December 26, 2013 at 12:16 PM

      i was there with someone that drive me over but they don't show all the tape , what u see it's when i go to take the road test, and i have a nice suv because i work hard !!!!!!!

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