The Illinois Senate passed legislation today that will help to make the roadways in Illinois safer for all drivers. Senator Mike Jacobs (D-Moline) voted to enact the Temporary Visitor Driver's License (TVDL), which will allow those who are undocumented to receive driver training and allow them to purchase liability insurance.
"This is certainly a tough issue and I can see both sides. However, the safety of all drivers was the overriding factor in why I voted for it. I can only hope that Washington will similarly step up and resolve the broader immigration issue," said Senator Jacobs, a member of the Senate Insurance Committee.
There are a number of safeguards in place that ensure that the Temporary Visitor Driver's License cannot be used in the same way a driver's license is for a citizen of Illinois
Differences between a driver's license and a Temporary Visitor Driver's License include:
· A TVDL may not be used for identification purposes — it only grants the issuer the right to drive a vehicle.
· To avoid confusion, a TVDL has a unique appearance and color to distinguish from a traditional driver's license.
· A TVDL is valid only for three years.
· A TVDL may not be used for commercial driving purposes.
· A TVDL will be declared invalid during any period of time in which a licensee fails to carry valid liability insurance.
"Although Immigration is a federal issue, until there are mandates in place, I believe our concern needs to be the safety of everyone on or roadways," Jacobs stated.