How 500,000 Licenses Went to Drivers with No Proof of U.S. Residency

New state regulations ease the way for long-term residents while improving road safety, experts say.

In 2013, Illinois began a Temporary Visitors Driver's License (TVDL) program which allowed undocumented immigrants to obtain a driver's license if they had a Illinois address, proved 12 months of residency in the state and had a valid passport or consular card. As of summer 2015, 10 states, along with the District of Columbia, issue driver's licenses, or similar documents, to unauthorized immigrants. In 2013, Illinois began a Temporary Visitors Driver's License (TVDL) program which allowed undocumented immigrants to obtain a driver's license if they had a Illinois address, proved 12 months of residency in the state and had a valid passport or consular card. As of summer 2015, 10 states, along with the District of Columbia, issue driver's licenses, or similar documents, to unauthorized immigrants.
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