Illinois approves driver's licenses for undocumented immigrants

By a vote of 65 to 46, the Illinois House of Representatives today approved the BILL which will allow undocumented immigrants to obtain driver's licenses. The Senate had already approved SB 957 on December 4. Now, Governor Pat Quinn must ratify the law with his signature to begin implementing it. Quinn has already said he favors the bill and will ratify it.

Illinois will become the fourth state in the country to offer driver's licenses to undocumented immigrants. Currently, only the states of Washington and New Mexico issue driver's licenses to undocumented immigrants and Utah offers driver's permits.

The law will benefit approximately 250,000 undocumented drivers in the state of Illinois.

Drivers would obtain a "Temporary Visitor Driver's License" valid for three years. The law requires the person applying for a driver's license to take a driver's education class and obtain automobile insurance.