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On January 2, 2013, we posted information on a proposed new law in Illinois that would provide Temporary Driver’s Licenses to those without legal immigration status. On January 27, 2013, Illinois Governor Pat Quinn signed the bill into law. Please see our updates below on TVDLs.

What is the TVDL again?

The TVDL is a type of driver’s license that already exists, which previously was issued to individuals who did not have a social security number but who did have lawful immigration status. The new state law, SB 957, makes the TVDL available to undocumented immigrants as well.

When will the TVDL become available?

The process to issue the new TVDPLs is set to begin in early December of 2013.

How do you qualify for a TVDL?

In order to qualify for a TVDL an applicant must:

– Provide proof of Illinois residency for at least one year (Applicants will also be required to complete a 12-month address history form);

– Provide either a valid, unexpired passport or an Illinois State Police-approved consular Identification card;

– Provide any other proof of identity and residency that the secretary of state might require;

– Pass all of the vision, written, and road tests;

– Provide proof of insurance for the vehicle used during the road test;

– Pay a $30 fee.

What will the application process be?

1st step (making the appointment):

Applicants will need to request an appointment at one of 25 Secretary of State facilities by going online at www.cyberdriveillinois.com or by calling a toll-free number which will be announced in November.

The TVDL applications will be made available at 25 facilities throughout the state. 13 will be in the city of Chicago, and 12 will be in downstate Illinois.

2nd step (day of appointment):

Applicants will check in at the facility at their scheduled appointment time. A Secretary of State employee will check the applicant’s documents. The applicant will take the vision test, pay the fee, take the written test and road test, and sign the application form, which will be scanned. The applicant’s picture and a signature will be taken.

Applicants will not receive their TVDL on the day of the appointment.

3rd step (receiving the card):

The card will be mailed to the applicant after the application information has been verified. Most applicants should receive their TVDL within 15-20 business days.

If the application is not approved, the applicant will receive a denial letter. The letter will include a telephone number to call so that the applicant can learn how to resolve the problem and apply again.

Will the Secretary of State still be checking my driving record?

The Secretary of State will be checking an applicant’s previous driving record.

Anyone who gave false information to the Secretary of State on a previous license or ID application must serve a one-year suspension before he or she can be eligible to receive a TVDL.

What is the process for serving the suspension?

Individuals who gave false information to the Secretary of State on a previous license application will have a hearing at the Secretary of State. At a minimum, the individual will have to serve a one-year suspension period. The suspension period will begin the date the individual comes forward and has the hearing with the Secretary of State.

What is the renewal process?

There will be no renewals by mail or online. TVDL holders will need to make an appointment to re-apply for a new TVDL up to 90 days prior to the expiration date.



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