SPRINGFIELD, IL – Members of the Illinois Senate voted today to make the roadways safer throughout the state. Illinois Senator Terry Link (D-Waukegan) voted in favor of a measure that will allow those who are undocumented to attain a Temporary Visitor Driver’s License through the Secretary of State.


“In the end, the immigration debate is one that needs to be resolved in Washington. Our responsibility here in Illinois is to provide for safe highways and well-trained drivers. And that’s what I voted for today,” said Senator Link.


Senate Bill 957 will provide a means for those without a Social Security number to apply for a Temporary Visitor Driver’s License. Specifically, applicants will have to provide the Secretary of State’s Office with documentation that established they have lived in Illinois for over a year and can prove their identity with a valid passport or consular identification document.


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.


Recently, Lake County Sheriff Mark Curran announced his support of this measure in the Sun Times commenting that undocumented residents would like to not violate the law, but they have no choice, they have to get to work so they can feed their families.”

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