- Associated Press - Tuesday, September 30, 2014

CHICAGO (AP) - The Chicago Public Library has begun accepting special immigrant driver’s licenses as identification for obtaining a library card.

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel announced the policy Monday, saying it’s “part of being an immigrant-friendly city.” The mayor says more Chicagoans now will be able to take advantage of the resources available at the city’s 80 library locations, including citizenship workshops.

Thousands of Illinois immigrants have received the new driver’s licenses that were made possible by a new state law. The licenses are designed for immigrants living in the United States illegally.

Driver’s license applicants must have lived in Illinois for more than a year, show proof of insurance and present documents including a valid foreign passport or a consular card. A vision test, written test and road test are required.

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