A bill introduced in the Illinois General Assembly
would allow illegal immigrants in the state to obtain driver’s licenses.
The bill, HB129, introduced by Rep. Ed Acevedo, D-Chicago,
would compel the secretary of state to issue a driver’s license to an immigrant who is ineligible for a
Social Security number if that applicant has met specific requirements.
An illegal immigrant
seeking a license would be required to provide:
- A taxpayer identification number;
- An affidavit saying that the
applicant will file to become a permanent resident;
- A current passport;
- A foreign birth certificate; and
- A photograph and digital
There would be several other differences between the
licenses issued under the bill and other Illinois driver’s licenses. Those
issued under the bill would be required to be visually different from other
Illinois driver’s licenses. In addition, the licenses issued under the bill
would come with an extra fee that would be used to pay for extra processing
required for illegal immigrants’ licenses.
Like other drivers, immigrants who received the licenses
would have to obtain valid insurance to stay on the road.
Those who receive licenses under the bill would not be
eligible for commercial driver’s licenses.