A Temporary Visitor Driver's License, or a TVDL, is an Illinois Driver's license for Illinois residents who are not citizens of the US, but are in the US legally and cannot get a Social Security Number. If you are an undocumented immigrant, you may be able to get a TVDL. The driver’s license is valid for 3 years and is renewable.
To qualify for a TVDL, applicants must meet the following requirements:
- Provide proof of authorization to be in the country (issued by US Citizenship and Immigration Services)
- Provide documentation showing they have been authoized to be in the country for one year and have at least six months remaining on the authorization on the date of application
- Prove that they have lived in Illinois for at least one year
- Provide a valid unexpired passport or consular ID
- Provide other proof of identity and residency the Secretary of State may require
- Pass the vision, written, and road exams
- Provide proof of insurance for the vehicle used for the road test
- Provide proof (ages 18-20) of successfully completing a 6 hour adult driver education course
- Pay a $30 application fee ($35 for motorcycles)
Driver's License for Undocumented Immigrants website provides detailed information on the benefits and the process for obtaining a TVDL in Illinois.