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New driver's license now in Illinois

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MARION -- If you go to renew your Illinois driver's license, you'll find some big changes. The Secretary of State promises those changes will help protect against fraud.

Dan Miner noticed a few changes as he renewed his driver's license.

"So they gave my my license back and they punched a hole in it and they gave me temporary paperwork," explained Miner.

Illinoisans no longer go home with a permanent driver's license or ID card. Instead, they leave with a temporary paper driver's license.

"Kind of weird, but I'll make due," said Miner.

Inspector General Jim Burns, with the Secretary of State's Office, said this step puts Illinois closer to complying with the Real ID Act.

"Well, we have just started implementation of central issuance," added Burns.

Traditionally, Illinois and other states gave us a license on the spot after taking our test, but central issuance doesn't work that way.

"You'll come in, you'll present your information. You'll have your picture taken, all of that. All the information will then be sent to a central location in Springfield," said Burns.

Burns said workers will verify and check the information for fraud. The cards will also come with several new features.

"On the back there's a black light feature which will duplicate the holder's image," said Deputy Press Secretary Henry Haupt.

Burns said most should get their new license in the mail within 15 days, but the paper copy stays valid for 45 days.

Miner said he doesn't mind the changes if it keeps his personal information out of the hands of criminals.

"Fraud can happen online. It can happen overseas. It can happen so quickly that I think more layers of protection, I think, is a good thing," said  Miner.

Burns also noted that beginning July 1, 2017, the law calls for first-time DL/ID card applicants to show proof of legal presence by presenting a U.S. Passport, a certified copy of their birth certificate or immigration documents that show the person is lawfully in the country.

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