A Temporary Visitor Driver's License, or a TVDL, is an Illinois driver's license for Illinois residents who are not citizens of the United States, but are in the United States 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 their proof of authorization to be in the country 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; and
- 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.