Workshops set for temporary driver's license applicants

Published: Tuesday, Sept. 17, 2013 4:35 p.m. CDT

State Rep. Lisa Hernandez will join with state agencies including the offices of Secretary of State Jesse White to help non-status residents receive driver's licenses under the new state law that takes effect on Dec. 1, 2014.

A workshop will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 21 at Piotrowski Park 4247 W. 31st St., Chicago. The workshop is open to the public.

Hernandez co-sponsored the legislation, SB 957, which was introduced by state Rep. Ed Acevedo, to provide "Temporary Visitors Drivers Licenses" (TVDL) to qualified individuals in Illinois who do not have U.S. citizenship.

Early this year, the Illinois General Assembly approved the new law, which enables undocumented immigrants in Illinois to get temporary visitor driver’s licenses (TVDLs). Illinois is the fourth state to authorize undocumented immigrants to drive legally.

"The legislation was adopted because it increases safety for all residents of the state by requiring these new licensed drivers to receive proper training from the Secretary of State and to have insurance,” Hernandez said.

She added that too many undocumented residents who are unable to obtain driver's licenses under the past laws, were driving anyway without training and without insurance.

Hernandez said that her office is working with Acevedo and White to help applicants prepare the paperwork needed to qualify for the TVDLs.

More information is available at 708-222-5240, or at www.StateRepHernandez.com or visit her office at 3948 W. 26th St. in Chicago.

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