ROCKFORD (WIFR) -- In just a few months, thousands of undocumented immigrants in Illinois will have an opportunity to get a driver's license.
In January, Governor Pat Quinn signed a law allowing immigrants to get a temporary visitor driver’s license. By the end of November, The Secretary of State’s office will begin taking applications for the card.
One of the key requirements to get this license is car insurance; something the secretary of state's office says will keep everyone safe on Illinois roads. Anyone interested in applying has to make an appointment online or over the phone starting at the end of November. Applications will be taken at 25 sites around Illinois, including the Secretary of State's office on East State Street in Rockford. Required documents include an unexpired Passport or Consular Card, a document with written signature, proof of insurance, 12 months residency, and address. The card costs $30, $5 extra for a motorcycle. The licenses won't be issued on the spot but will be mailed in about 20 days.
“A lot of times the undocumented community has no choice of getting to school for their kids or work or going to work every day. There will be a lot more ease for the community in general," says April Parker, Vice President of LULAC in Rockford.
The temporary licenses will look different from a typical Illinois license, with purple instead of red at the top. They are for driving only and can't be used as identification.