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

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 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.


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 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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