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New Temporary License To Be Issued To Illegal Immigrants. Photo Courtesy of Secretary of State Jessie White.

The look of Illinois new driver's license. Photo courtesy of Secretary of State Jessie White.

Fraud Concerns Linger Over New Illinois License Law


CHICAGO (AP) - Illinois is the fourth state to allow illegal immigrants to obtain a driver's license with a new law signed by the governor.      

Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn signed the legislation Sunday surrounded by hundreds of supporters who say the measure will make Illinois' roads safer and expand opportunities for illegal immigrants.  Quinn says people need a way to get to work, drive to the doctor and drive their children to school.

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel says the new law should serve as a model for the nation.      

Critics warn the potential for identity fraud.  

New Mexico and Washington both issue licenses to undocumented immigrants, while Utah issues permits. Illinois officials say the dissemination of the temporary licenses is expected to begin in October.  The legislation was billed as a public safety measure and had bipartisan support.     

Below are the requirements for receiving a permit.       

- Submit to facial recognition software, but no fingerprinting.       

- Provide proof of written signature, proof of date of birth and a letter of ineligibility for a Social Security number.       

- Show valid passport from a home country or a consular identification card, and two documents that show a minimum one-year residency in the state.       

- Receive drivers training and undergo vision screening, written and driving tests.       

- Purchase insurance.      

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. Each card will cost $30, the same cost of a regular license.

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