Starting July 1, non-citizens, migrants, and illegal aliens can apply for driver’s licenses in Illinois. This follows Illinois Democrat Gov. J.B. Pritzker’s signing of HB 3882 last June, which aims to remove barriers for undocumented immigrants. Pritzker emphasized that the law will enhance road safety, reduce stigma, and create more equitable systems.

Republicans, however, opposed the law. Republican Rep. C.D. Davidsmeyer argued that the legislation aims to obscure individuals’ immigration status and called for federal action to address the broken immigration system.

A significant Republican concern is the potential for voter fraud due to Illinois’ Automatic Voter Registration (AVR) system, which allows registration based on self-affirmed eligibility. Despite state assurances that non-citizen licenses will be distinctly coded to prevent voter registration, Republicans worry about future misuse of these licenses.

Illinois will join California, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Oregon, and Colorado in providing licenses to illegal immigrants starting July 1.