The new “Sign and Drive” legislation was signed into law over the
weekend. Until now, drivers would post their license as security
after certain traffic citations, ensuring they would guarantee to
appear in court or pay a fine. Now they can just sign the ticket and
keep their licenses.
DuPage Circuit Clerk Chris Kachiroubas, whose office helped
spearhead the law change, said his office had dealt with the problem
since he took office a decade ago. Often, drivers’ licenses are
people’s only form of government-issued identification. They could
then face not getting on airplanes, renting cars, cashing checks or
even getting into schools with new security procedures.
There were also court administrative costs and headaches associated
with tracking drivers’ licenses. Illinois is the last of the 50
states to make this change, and Kachiroubas says he and many other
circuit clerks welcome it.
“The governor and lawmakers brought Illinois in line with the rest
of the country,” said Kachiroubas, IACO's Secretary-Treasurer.
“Illinois drivers will have the same rights as out-of-state drivers
and will keep their licenses by signing their name, knowing they
have to pay the fines or face stronger sanctions. We hope this is a
change that benefits everyone.”
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IACO, which represents circuit clerks along with other county
officials, said the signing of Senate Bill 2583 is another
example of the association’s campaign to show Why Counties
“Chris and the other circuit clerks around Illinois recognized
this was a law that needed a change and Illinois drivers are
better for it,” said Larry Pfeiffer, IACO President and Regional
Superintendent of Schools in west-central Illinois. “We will
continue to find ways to serve taxpayers and ensure government
policies make sense.”
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