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State rolls out immigrant drivers licenses

SPRINGFIELD -- Those wanting the new temporary visitor's drivers licenses won't have to wait much longer.
SPRINGFIELD -- Those wanting the new temporary visitor's drivers licenses won't have to wait much longer. The state is starting to roll out the program this week.

These are for people who live here, but aren't U.S. citizens. A handful of people took the tests, filled out all the paperwork and are now just waiting for their new licenses to come in the mail.

The state says it expects more than 100,000 people statewide to take advantage of the driving privileges. But, nobody wants to wait in long lines at the drivers license facilities, so now, they're getting the TVDL by appointment only but those can only be done in Chicago or Springfield. The state says they want to make sure they have the new process down smoothly before it goes statewide.

The state says the process is a little more complex than your typical trip to get your license. Applicants need to bring a lot more paperwork, plus, the state has to check all of the foreign documents to make sure there are no issues.

Currently, the offices are processing six people a day. It will increase to 26 by next week. Then, in January, the licenses will be available at 36 offices around the state.
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