Temporary Visitor's Drivers
License: Acceptable or Not?
The general rule of thumb with accepting IDs is that
they need a photo ID, issued by a state or federal entity, in-person.
This makes drivers licenses, other state-issued
ID cards, US active-duty military IDs, passports and Alien
registration (green) cards all acceptable forms of IDs.
But things are getting a little more
complicated. In December, Illinois began issuing "Temporary
Visitor Driver's Licenses". These are for documented
immigrants with a VISA but who cannot obtain a Social Security card
yet. They're available only in-person, by appointment at
select driving facilities around the state. But, while they
look similar to other state-issued licenses and IDs they do not
confer the same rights onto the holder as other forms of ID.
They are for driving only. They are not valid
forms of identification. A TVDL is specifically marked "Not
valid for identification" and the holder cannot use them to
board airplanes, enter federal buildings, register to vote or apply
for a FOID card. Thus, they should not be accepted for someone
trying to buy alcohol in your establishment.
The state of Illinois has issued a chart with more
information on these IDs. You can view, download or print it here if
you'd like to pass it around at your next staff meeting.
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