ABC 7’s I-Team investigated the TVDL application process whereby undocumented immigrants can apply for an Illinois driver’s license. According to the story, there are reports of “appointments-for-sale” schemes targeting these individuals.
All applicants are required to schedule an appointment with the Secretary of State. Due to extremely high demand, appointments are not readily available. Applicants are frequently unable to get through by phone or online. An official at the Secretary of State’s office estimates that between 250,000 and 500,000 illegal immigrants are interested in applying for a TVDL. Approximately 90,000 people have either already applied or are scheduled for an appointment. The Secretary of State estimates that it may take three years to work through the pool of applicants.
The Illinois Attorney General’s office is reportedly investigation complaints of driving schools charging undocumented immigrants to obtain an appointment. Would-be applicants are allegedly paying hundreds of dollars to individuals promising to obtain appointments on their behalf. The Secretary of State and Attorney General are asking for any information relating to the sale of TVDL appointments.
ILLEGAL IMMIGRANT LICENSE LOGJAM, SCHEMES UNCOVERED BY I-TEAM, www.abc7chicago.com, July 22, 2014