President Obama’s home state has passed a bill to allow illegal immigrants to obtain driver’s licenses. Behind New Mexico and Washington, Illinois is now the third state to approve such a law.
Under the bill, undocumented immigrants are allowed to get temporary driver’s licenses, which cannot be used as a form of government identification.
According to ABC News, illegal immigrant unlicensed drivers cause nearly $64 million a year in damage claims. Supporters of the bill say the new law will improve highway safety and decrease the number of traffic deaths because drivers will be required to pass a test for their licenses.
State Governor Pat Quinn supports the bill and said he plans to sign it into law as soon as possible.
“More than 250,000 immigrant motorists on our roads today have not passed a driving test, which presents a dangerous risk to other drivers. Illinois roads will be safer if we ensure every driver learns the rules of the road and is trained to drive safely,” he said.
Eligibility to obtain a license is quite simple. Applicants must live in Illinois for a least a year, show prove of residency and fill out necessary paperwork at the Department of Motor Vehicles.