By Nicole Wilson
BLOOMINGTON - Illegal immigrants who want to get a temporary driver's license in Illinois will have to purchase auto insurance.
State Farm Insurance spokeswoman Missy Dundov said Monday those policy holders will be treated the same as any other driver.
"If the state determines that a person is eligible to drive and they come in with a valid driver's license, we'll use our normal underwriting guidelines to determine the best type of coverage for that customer," said Dundov.
State records show unlicensed immigrant drivers help cause $64 million in damage claims to be filed each year. Dundav said State Farm doesn't monitor how many of its customers have been hit by unlicensed or uninsured immigrants, so it's hard to determine how big of an issue it is for the insurance giant.
Undocumented immigrants can start applying for temporary licenses in November. Gov. :Pat Quinn signed legislation on Sunday that was approved during the last session of the General Assembly. They'll have to carry insurance in order for the license to be valid.
Other requirements include: