A bill, SB 957, that will allow driver's licenses to be granted to undocumented immigrants has passed the state legislature and is headed to Gov. Pat Quinn's desk for signing. The governor is expected to sign the bill into law, which will give an estimated 250,000 undocumented immigrants the ability to get a temporary driver's license in the state of Illinois. If signed, the Prairie State will become the fourth state, along with Utah, Washington, and New Mexico, that allow undocumented immigrants to get a driver's license.
Gov. Quinn estimates that the bill could save Illinois drivers some $46 million in insurance premiums due to the assumption that more drivers will be insured due to the bill, which would go into effect 10 months after being signed into law.
Holders of the temporary licenses would not be allowed to use the card as identification for purposes other than those related to driving. In order to get a license, applicants must have lived in the state for at least one year and will be required to present a lease, utility bill or other proof of residency in the state. The licenses will be valid for three years.