- Published: 04 February 2016
Majority Caucus Whip Iris Y. Martinez (D-Chicago) joined Secretary of State Jesse White, members of the Illinois Legislative Latino Caucus and partner organizations this week to discuss a positive update being made by Secretary of State (SOS) facilities for Temporary Visitors Driver’s Licenses (TVDLs).
Starting July 1, 2016, all SOS facilities, with the exception of Chicago North and Chicago West, will be able to process TVDLs without requiring an appointment.
“I’m grateful to Secretary White and his staff for establishing more customer friendly procedures for immigrants wanting to obtain a TVDL,” said Martinez, a champion for the immigrant community. “Now, instead of having to go through the extra step of having to schedule a meeting, all someone has to do is come to an SOS office at a time that is convenient for them.”
In 2013, a law was approved that enabled undocumented immigrants in Illinois to obtain a TVDL.
Prior to the initiative, many undocumented immigrants were driving to places like school and work without having car insurance and being trained on the rules of the road.
Since then, SOS has issued 175,000 TVDLs, which has helped create safer roadways for all Illinoisans by ensuring that more drivers have passed road safety exams and are insured.
Anyone wanting more information on how to acquire a TVDL can go to SOS’s website or contact their local SOS Office.