Six-month wait times and four to five hour drives have Temporary Visitors Driver’s License (TVDL) activists infuriated. With demand for appointments skyrocketing, residents and community groups rallied outside a West Side Driver’s License Facility on Friday, October 24, in an attempt to pressure the Illinois Secretary of State to increase the number of appointments.
The Resurrection Project, a community activist group, estimates that approximately 400,000 people are currently trying to make appointments, which the group claims will take about five years to complete.
A spokesman for the Illinois Secretary of State stated that increasing TVDL appointment availability in Chicagoland and Northern Illinois is being considered. However, the spokesman pointed to the fact that the program is unfunded, and has manpower and union issues. As of the end of September 2014, more than 64,600 people had received their TVDL.
Frustrated residents say TVDL application process is not fast enough, www.thegatenewspaper.com, October 24, 2014
Immigrant Rights Groups: Demand Oustrips Slots For Driver’s Licenses, www.wuis.org, October 27, 2014