Measure granting temporary licenses to immigrants passed in IL Senate

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Measure granting temporary licenses to immigrants passed in IL Senate

December 4, 2012 Updated Dec 4, 2012 at 4:13 PM CDT

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. -- A measure that would allow undocumented immigrants to apply for a temporary visitor driver's license passed through the Illinois Senate on Tuesday.

The license would provide the Secretary of State’s Office with documentation that established the immigrant has lived in Illinois for over a year and can prove their identity with a valid passport or consular identification document.

“As a police officer, I support this effort to ensure drivers are licensed and insured. This Temporary Visitor Driver’s License will make our roads safer and bring down the cost of insurance for all drivers,” said Senator Antonio Munoz.

“I am pleased to see the Senate take this important step toward making our roads safer for all Illinois residents. Regardless of legal status, we need to make sure every eligible driver in our state has received the proper training and carries insurance – before they get behind the wheel," said Lieutenant Governor Sheila Simon. "This is an important public safety measure that will do just that, and I hope the House will pass the bill quickly and send it to the Governor’s desk."

Once a temporary visitor driver’s license has been obtained, the holder will be subject to the same examination requirements, mandatory insurance provisions, and the same traffic violation penalties as any other driver within the state of Illinois.

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