Undocumented immigrants will soon be able to apply for driver's licenses in Bloomington

By WEEK Producer

October 10, 2013 Updated Oct 11, 2013 at 12:18 PM CDT

BLOOMINGTON, Ill. -- Under a new state law, undocumented immigrants will soon be able to obtain a temporary driver's license.

The Bloomington Secretary of State Office is one of several downstate locations taking appointments for the license.

Applicants must be able to prove that they lived in Illinois for at least one year.

With less than a month until its rollout, members of the group Illinois People’s Action said hundreds of undocumented immigrants are still confused about the law.

The organization has been taking questions to the state since June, but has not gotten a response.

“Many of these folks are calling here and asking, 'I've been pulled over for driving without a license in the past, does that mean that now I don't get a driver's license in the future?' Because that seems ridiculous, but who knows, because there just hasn't been a great outreach on the part of the people putting this together,” said Jennifer Carillo, Immigrant Justice Campaign Organizer for Illinois People’s Action.

Illinois is the 10th state to offer undocumented immigrants a legal path to driving.

To make an appointment call 1-855-236-1155 or log on to http://cyberdriveillinois.com/departments/drivers/TVDL/home.html

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