052616CM1176RESIZESPRINGFIELD—Illinois residents could avoid security problems at airports and other federal buildings thanks to legislation passed by Senator Terry Link (D-Vernon Hills).

In January, Illinois officials were told they had two years to comply with federal REAL ID requirements or Illinois residents would have extra headaches in TSA lines throughout the country. The Illinois Secretary of State’s office implemented many changes, but others required legislative approval.

“Ensuring that Illinoisans can enter federal buildings and utilize the services of airports is critical for our economy and general well-being,” Link said. “It is time that we comply with the federal law and make sure all Illinoisans follow the REAL ID act.”

Senate Bill 637 would pave the way for Illinois to be in compliance with federal law by doing the three following:

1.    Require proof of lawful presence in the United States. If proof is not available the applicant for a driver’s license will be given a temporary visitors driver’s license.
2.    Bar residents from having both a driver’s license and an ID card at the same time.
3.    Limit the validity of a driver’s license or ID card to no more than eight years.

The Senate voted to pass the legislation and it now goes to the governor’s desk for final approval.

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