ILL Allows Immigrant Licenses

Jan 28, 2013


Illinois Governor Pat Quinn signed a measure yesterday Sunday making his state the fourth and most populous to permit illegal immigrants to drive.

Proponents say the measure will improve safety on the roads, but critics warn of the potential for identity fraud. The purple-bordered card will be different than regular licenses, and valid only for driving purposes. It cannot be used as a form of identification, meaning licenses can't be used to buy a firearm, register to vote or board a plane. Applicants who satisfy all requirements will receive their license by mail, not at state facilities. The state will begin accepting applications at least 10 months after the governor signs the bill.