GOP support helps move immigrant driver's licenses in Illinois - – Rockford’s News Leader

UPDATED: Immigrant driver's license bill passes Illinois Senate


A bill allowing illegal immigrants to get driver's licenses has passed the Illinois Senate.

Senate Bill 957 allows drivers without a Social Security number to apply for a Temporary Visitor Driver's License. Holders of the temporary license will have to go through the same testing as drivers with regular licenses. Car insurance will also be mandatory and the same penalties for traffic violations will be applicable for drivers with both temporary and regular licenses.

The bill got some last minute support on Tuesday from House Minority Leader Tom Cross and Senate Minority Leader Christine Radogno, both Republicans who were "no-shows" when the plan was announced by the democratic Senate President John Cullerton.

Supporters say the bill will make roads safer since it will require testing drivers who have not had any form of drivers safety testing, and cut down on the costs of insurance for all drivers in the state.


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