Illinois Temporary Visitor License for Undocumented (Non-Visa Status) Individuals

For our brothers and sisters in Illinois. The state is offering Licenses and here is the scoop…..

On January 27, 2013, the governor signed Senate Bill 957 into law allowing non-visa status individuals to obtain a temporary visitor driver’s license (TVDL). Appointments are required. Please review the required documents in the links provided prior to your appointment. The goal of the office is to ensure the program is implemented in a way that improves traffic safety, underscores the importance of driver’s license integrity and security, and provides the highest level of customer service.

Applicants may make an appointment through this web site or by calling 855-236-1155. Before concluding the appointment process, please make sure you have clicked the “confirm appointment” button and received a confirmation receipt. An appointment is not valid without the confirmation receipt.

Effective December 3, 2013 an applicant for a Non-Visa Status Temporary Visitors Driver’s License (TVDL) must make an appointment at one of the designated Secretary of State Facilities listed below. Appointments can be made online or by calling 855-236-1155, Mon. – Fri. 8 a.m.-4:00 p.m.


New Temporary Visitor Driver’s License (TVDL) for Undocumented (Non-Visa Status) Individuals

Downstate Secretary of State Facility Locations

  • Beardstown – 103 W. 15th Street Beardstown, IL 62618
  • Bethalto – 20 Terminal Dr., Ste. 103 Bethalto, IL 62024
  • Bloomington – 1510 W. Market St. Bloomington, IL 61701
  • Bradley – 1111 Blatt Blvd., Bradley, IL 60915
  • Carbondale – 2516 W. Murphysboro Rd. Carbondale, IL 62901
  • Champaign – 2401 W. Bradley Ave. Champaign, IL 61822
  • DeKalb – 1360 Oakwood St. DeKalb, IL 60115
  • Edwardsville – 1502A Troy Rd. Edwardsville, IL 62025
  • Granite City – 1810 Edison Granite City, IL 62040
  • Macomb – 466 Deer Rd. Macomb, IL 61455
  • Moline/Silvis – 2001 Fifth St., Ste. 10 Silvis, IL 61282
  • Morris – 2413 Sycamore Dr Morris, IL 60450
  • Ottawa – 404 Stevenson Road Ottawa, IL 61350
  • Peoria – 3311 N. Sterling Ave, #12 Peoria, IL 61604
  • Princeton – 225 Backbone Road E. Princeton, IL 61356
  • Rockford Central – 3720 E. State St. Rockford, IL 61108
  • Springfield-Dirksen Parkway – 2701 S. Dirksen Pkwy. Springfield, IL 62723
  • Tilton – #5 Southgate Tilton, IL 61833

Chicago Metro Area Secretary of State Facility Locations

  • Aurora – 339 E. Indian Trail Aurora, IL 60505
  • Bridgeview – 7358 W. 87th St. Bridgeview, IL 60455
  • Chicago Heights – 570 W. 209th Street Chicago Heights, IL 60411
  • Chicago North – 5401 N. Elston Ave. Chicago, IL 60630
  • Chicago South – 9901 S. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Dr. Chicago, IL 60628
  • Chicago West – 5301 W. Lexington St. Chicago, IL 60644
  • Deerfield – 405 W. Lake Cook Rd A6-9 Deerfield, IL 60015
  • Des Plaines – 1470 Lee Street Des Plaines, IL 60018
  • Elgin – 595 S. State Elgin, IL 60123
  • Joliet – 201 S. Joyce Rd. Joliet, IL 60435
  • Libertyville – 342 Peterson Rd. Libertyville, IL 60048
  • Lombard – 837 S. Westmore B27 Lombard, IL 60148
  • Melrose Park – 1903 N. Mannheim Rd. Melrose Park, IL 60160
  • Midlothian – 14434 S. Pulaski, Midlothian, IL 60445
  • Naperville – 931 W. 75th St. Ste. 161 Naperville, IL 60565
  • Schaumburg – 1227 E. Golf Rd Schaumburg, IL 60173
  • Waukegan – 617 S. Green Bay Rd. Waukegan, IL 60085
  • Woodstock – 428 S. Eastwood Dr. Woodstock, IL 60098

The TVDL program is ongoing and does not have an end date.


    • Documented immigrants with a VISA who cannot obtain a Social Security card can obtain a TVDL.
    • Valid three years maximum; no renewal options allowed. Must re-apply as a new applicant, presenting all required documents for verification.
    • Valid for driving only. Not valid for identification. A TVDL is marked “Not valid for identification.” A TVDL DOES NOT allow the holder to board an airplane, enter a federal building, register to vote or apply for a Firearm Owner Identification (FOID) card.
    • Must pass vision, written and road exams.
    • If eligible, a TVDL will be issued at a later date. The license is not printed at the facility the applicant visits. It will be printed at a central location after the Secretary of State’s office has verified documents and a facial recognition search has been completed.
    • Fee is $30.
    • If a person with a TVDL is caught driving without insurance, his/her TVDL is invalid. The driver will be ticketed for driving without insurance as well as driving without a license. The TVDL will be valid upon obtaining liability insurance.

What to bring

Originals only are accepted, no photocopies. We highly suggest taking at least 4 of any of the following you can find (two most recent and two from a year prior)

    • Unexpired Foreign Passport
    • Consular Card (Mexico, Guatemala, Brazil, or Ecuador)
    • Unexpired Passport
    • Consular Card (Mexico, Guatemala, Brazil, or Ecuador)
    • Cooperative Driver Certificate (HS Driver Ed)
    • Court Order
    • Credit Card (American Express, MasterCard, Visa, Discover, Diners Club)
    • US Federal, State of Local Government ID Card
    • Mortgage/Installment Loan Agreement
    • Mexican Electoral Card
    • Consular Card (From Illinois State Police-approved country)
    • Utility Bill (electric, water, trash, telephone, cable or gas)
    • Bank Statement
    • Credit Report (Experian, Equifax or TransUnion)
    • Deed/Title, Mortgage, Rental/Lease Agreement
    • Insurance Policy (Homeowner’s or Renter’s)
    • Medical Claim or Statement of Benefits (From private insurance company or government agency)
    • Official  Mail (Received from a state, county, city, village or federal agency that includes first and last name and full address)
    • Homestead Exemption Receipt
    • Pension or Retirement Statement
    • Report Card (From grade/high school, college or university)
    • Tuition Invoice or Other Official Mail (From a college or university)
    • Certified School Transcripts
    • Selective Service Card
    • Utility Bill (electric, water, trash, telephone, cable or gas)        
    • Bank Statement        
    • Insurance Policy (Homeowner’s or Renter’s)            
    • Deed/Title, Mortgage, Rental/Lease Agreement    
    • Medical Claim or Statement of Benefits (From private insurance company or government agency)        
    • Official Mail (Received from a state, county, city, village or federal agency that includes first and last name and full address)        
    • Homestead Exemption Receipt
    • Pension or Retirement Statement        
    • Report Card (From grade/high school, college or university)        
    • Tuition Invoice or Other Official Mail (From college or university)        
    • Certified School Transcripts
    • Court Order        
    • Marriage Certificate       
      • The  document provided must show the link between both names.


  • After all the information on the application has been verified, the TVDL will be printed and mailed to the applicant’s home address.
  • If the application is approved, the TVDL will be printed and mailed. Most applicants will receive their TVDL within 15-20 business days.
  • If the application is not approved, the applicant will receive a denial letter with general information about the denial. The letter will include a telephone number to call to find out what can be done to resolve the problem so the applicant can apply again.


  • In the past I obtained a driver’s license under a false Social Security number. Can I still    apply for a TVDL?    
    • A TVDL applicant will be treated as any other applicant who has obtained a driver’s license with false information. The applicant should first contact the Secretary of State’s Fraud Division at 217-782-7604 to report the fraudulent driver’s license. You will then schedule a time to come in for an interview with the Secretary of State Police, so they can begin to establish your identity and merge your driving records. At that time, a 12-month fraud suspension will be entered. Upon conclusion of the suspension and payment of a reinstatement fee, the person may then apply for a TVDL.
  • I have a DUI or I have had one in the past. Can I still apply for a TVDL?
    • When a person is arrested for DUI, he or she is typically asked to submit to a breath/blood/urine test. If the person refuses the test(s) or if a test discloses a Blood-Alcohol Content of .08 or more or drugs, a driving record is created and a statutory summary suspension is entered on the person’s driving record. The person must serve the entire suspension period and pay reinstatement fee before applying for a TVDL. In addition, if the person is convicted of a DUI, a revocation is added to the driving record. The person must have an administrative hearing to seek reinstatement prior to applying for a TVDL. If reinstatement is granted, a reinstatement fee is required and SR22 liability insurance must be filed before the revocation is cleared. Once the revocation is cleared, the person may apply for a TVDL.
  • Is the Secretary of State’s office able to provide any assurances that TVDL applicant information will not be shared with federal immigration authorities?    
    • The Secretary of State’s office has no plans to provide information to federal immigration authorities (or any other agency) without a request. However, should the office receive a legally valid request from a federal agency (or any other governmental agency) for information regarding undocumented TVDLs, such information will be provided to the requesting agency. Please note that the personal information of TVDL holders, such as name and address, are protected by the federal Driver’s Privacy Protection Act and will only be disclosed in compliance with that Act.
Schedule an Appointment TVDL Verification of Residency Form Illinois DMV Practice test

Please Note

Deferred Action in the Federal Dream Act allows certain immigrants age 16 to 30 to apply for and obtain a Social Security card. Anyone with a Social Security card – along with proof of signature, proof of date of birth, and two documents that prove residency – may apply for a regular driver’s license.

If you know of a similar plan in another state, please let us know about it and put up some basic info with a link for others to know.

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