New Illinois Law Granting Undocumented Immigrants Ability To Get Driver's Licenses

January 28, 2013, by

Yesterday (January 27) Illinois became the fourth state to give illegal immigrants the right to obtain a driver's license. The licenses will be available from the Illinois Secretary of State's Office beginning in October of this year.

A few statistics and facets of the new law can be seen in the myfoxchicago.com story of January 27, 2013 titled "Fraud concerns linger over new Illinois license law." A couple of excerpts include:

Proponents say it will allow an estimated 250,000 people unlawfully residing in the state to apply for a three-year temporary driver's license and require them to get training and insurance.

also:

The bill's sponsor, Rep. Edward Acevedo, a Chicago Democrat, said state roads will be safer because illegal immigrants will receive training and be tested before obtaining a license. They also will be required to purchase insurance, Acevedo said.

Tsao's organization estimates uninsured illegal immigrant drivers cause $64 million in damage claims each year, an expense currently covered by increased premiums.

Additional information and possible updates can be seen in a variety of media sources including the myfoxchicago.com story mentioned above, as well as the CBS Chicago story of January 27 titled "Quinn Signs Driver's License Law For Immigrants."

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