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Illinois Extends Drivers License to Undocumented Immigrants

Illinois has passed a law that will allow undocumented immigrants to obtain standard driver’s licenses. Governor J.B. Prizker signed a law replacing the current Temporary Visitor Driver’s License (TVDL) with a standard license that will last four years. This will impact over 300,000 people who currently hold the temporary licenses.

In signing the bill, Pritzker said,

“This legislation is a significant step in eliminating the barriers to opportunity that many undocumented immigrants face. We’re ensuring every eligible individual can obtain a driver’s license, making our roads safer, decreasing stigma, and creating more equitable systems for all.” 

Illinois Drivers License For Undocumented Immigrants

The law is aimed at giving undocumented immigrants access to an Illinois drivers licenses, which will allow them to drive legally and obtain other benefits, such as employment and housing. It is also seen as a way to reduce discrimination against undocumented immigrants.

  • The law was signed by Governor J.B. Pritzker on June 30, 2023.
  • It takes effect on July 1, 2024.
  • To qualify for a standard driver’s license, undocumented immigrants must pass a driving test, have valid insurance and provide identification documents.
  • The licenses will be marked with the words “Federal Limits Apply,” which means that they cannot be used for federal purposes, such as boarding a plane.

The law is the latest in a series of pro-immigrant measures that have been passed in Illinois in recent years. Pritzker also signed a law banning landlord discrimination based on immigration status.

Immigrants Have Legal Rights: Do You Know Your Rights?

Immigrants in the United States have legal rights, even if they are undocumented and do not have a visa or a green card. All immigrants should be aware of their legal rights and protections.

An Immigration Attorney Can Protect Your Rights

It is important for undocumented immigrants to be informed about their legal rights, as well as to seek legal advice and assistance from trusted sources. Plus, certain cities and states may also have additional policies that protect undocumented immigrants. It can be helpful to research specific local laws and regulations. Immigration laws and regulations change frequently and can be confusing. Consulting an experienced immigration attorney who can provide more accurate and specific information based on the current laws can protect your rights.

To discuss your immigration problem, call 630-912-0322 to schedule a consultation with one of our experienced immigration attorneys today.

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