November 08, 2013
Minsky, McCormick & Hallagan
The Secretary of State’s Office will begin accepting appointments for the Temporary Visitors Driver’s License (TVDL) on November 12, 2013 for non-visa status applicants to begin the process of obtaining a TVDL. The new licenses will be issued starting in December. To apply for a TVDL, applicants must make an appointment online through the Illinois Secretary of State web site or over the phone by calling 855-236-1155.
To qualify for a TVDL, an undocumented immigrant must provide original documents showing the following:
- Proof of Illinois residency for at least one year;
- Completed Verification of Residency Form;
- Proof of name and date of birth;
- Proof of written signature;
- Proof of current address;
- Proof of name change if applicable;
- Proof of insurance for the vehicle he/she uses for the road test;
The applicant must also:</>
- Pass all applicable vision, written, and road tests; and
- Pay a $30 fee.
For further details about requirements, see the Illinois Secretary of State’s list of required documents.
After applying for a TVDL, the Secretary of State will review and verify the documents submitted, as well as run the photographs through facial recognition systems. Once everything is verified, the TVDL will be mailed to the applicant. The TVDL will be valid for three years and is only valid if the card holder is able to provide proof of automobile liability insurance. Click here for more details.
Please note, however, if an applicant has previously applied for a driver’s license or a state ID with false information or someone else’s documents, the applicant may face serious legal consequences. Persons in this situation should consult with an attorney prior to applying for a TVDL.