Illinois Will Soon Begin Issuing Driver’s Licenses to Undocumented Immigrants

Starting November 12 undocumented immigrants can begin applying for licenses.

By Von Diaz Oct 31, 2013

Undocumented immigrants in Illinois can begin applying for Temporary Visitor Drivers’ Licenses on November 12, where an estimated 250,000 immigrants may be eligible. Illinois joins states such as California and Connecticut that have recently approved legislation allowing undocumented immigrants to become licensed drivers. Authorities expect they will begin issuing licenses beginning in December, and the state is now starting to prepare for large influx of applications. State Rep. Lisa Hernandez (D-Ill.) told the Chicago Sun-Times that more than 1,000 people showed up at an information seminar she offered, which she anticiated only 100 to 200 people would attend. Driver’s licenses have become a key issue among immigration advocacy groups, who argue that law enforcement use routine traffic stops as a way to racially profile immigrants, and as a tactic maintain controversial immigrant detention quotas.