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Tuesday January 8, 2013

JUST IN: Illinois House Passes Drivers Licenses for Undocumented, Gov Expected to Sign into Law

JUST IN: Illinois House Passes Drivers Licenses for Undocumented, Gov Expected to Sign into Law

Photo: Illinois Approves Drivers Licenses for Undocuemented

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A bill to authorize driver’s licenses for undocumented immigrants in Illinois has passed the State House by a 65-46 margin.  The legislation that requires Governor Pat Quinn signature will give the undocumented three-year state drivers licenses.

Gov. Quinn promised to sign the bill into law immediately, authorizing undocumented immigrants to receive temporary visitors’ driver’s licenses, a document that has been provided since 2005 by the Secretary of State to foreigners who live temporarily in Illinois and do not have Social Security Numbers.

This license is a different color from the regular licenses and cannot be used as identification to board airplanes, buy weapons or to vote.

Applicants will have to have lived in Illinois for at least three years, must present an identity document from their country of origin and pass the tests certifying their ability to drive.