Twenty five locations in Illinois, including the Bloomington facility, will offer undocumented immigrants an opportunity to receive their driver’s license beginning Dec. 1.
Gov. Pat Quinn signed the bill allowing undocumented immigrants to receive their licenses back in January. Appointments are required for applicants and scheduling for these appointments will begin in mid-November.
“You must prove that you’ve lived in Illinois for one year, bring two documents with your current address and something with your signature and date of birth,” a spokesperson for the Bloomington facility said.
In addition, applicants must also take a written and driving test. Once all of this information is approved, undocumented immigrants will be issued a three-year Temporary Visitor’s Driver’s License (TDVL). The TDVL is a different color from the citizens’ licenses and is not to be used for identification purposes.
Many organizations such as the Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights believe this law shows how much progress the state and country had made.
“I think it’s a step in the right direction for our community,” Monica Trevino, spokesperson for the ICIRR, said. “[Immigrants] will be able to drive and not be at risk for deportation.”
Trevino explained that undocumented immigrants should take advantage of this opportunity. It is a chance for them to be safe on the road and provides a peace of mind.
Giving undocumented immigrants a chance to receive their licenses is said to strengthen the economy by creating access to jobs and make the roads safer overall.
There was also a big influence to push for this bill after previous elections.
“I think after the November election, legislators realized the power of the Latino vote,” Trevino said. “It is something that my organization has been fighting for the last 25 years.”
Locations were chosen based on factors such as geographic location and total immigrant population.
Other statewide locations include Chicago, Champaign and Springfield.
Since January, nine other states before Illinois began making arrangements for illegal immigrants to receive driving privileges. In Illinois alone, about 250 thousand immigrants will receive a chance to apply for their driver’s license.
To schedule an appointment, call (855) 236-1155 or visit cyberdriveillinois.com.