The new program to grant driver’s licenses to undocumented immigrants is ready to be rolled out. The first Temporary Visitor Driver’s Licenses (TVDL) will be available beginning in December. Illinois Senate President John Cullerton (D-Chicago) said until now, the more than half a million people in the state who are undocumented have been driving illegally. "So it made all the sense in the world for us to recognize the fact that as Washington, D.C. deals with the issues of immigration, we here in the state of Illinois have to deal with the safety of our roads,” Cullerton said.
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Beginning Nov. 12, those applying for a TVDL will have to schedule an appointment at one of 25 Driver Services facilities around the state. Only four will allow appointments in December – two facilities in Chicago, one in Springfield, and one in Bloomington. The rest will begin seeing applicants in January. To schedule an appointment or see a list of participating facilities, visit http://www.cyberdriveillinois.com/. The new licenses will have a purple border, instead of the red used on standard licenses, and can only be used for driving purposes, not for identification.