In recent years, several states have enacted laws to issue driver’s licenses to unauthorized migrants. While in 2010, only three states were issuing driver’s licenses regardless of immigration status, by 2015, 10 states and the District of Columbia were doing so. This site examines the enactment and implementation of these licensing policies, cataloging the different ways legislatures, licensing agencies, advocates, and service providers are proceeding and the lessons that can be learned from their successes and failures. We pay special attention to California, our home state, where legislation enacted in 2013 authorizes the issuance of driver’s licenses regardless of immigration status as of January 1, 2015. An estimated 1.4 million unauthorized immigrants are eligible for licenses in California, by far the largest number in any state. As the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) and stakeholder organizations across the state begin serving these people, they can look here t...more.
The work of making driver's licenses available to undocumented immigrants depends on networks of service providers and advocates as well as on government resources and official policy. In document...more.
In the first weeks that driver's licenses were available to undocumented immigrants in Nevada 71 percent of applicants failed the written driving test (Kopetman, 2014; Lopardi, 2014). The failure ...more.
License applicants in Nevada, Colorado, Illinois, and Washington, D.C., have seen long waits and other problems in trying to get licensed. When Nevada started issuing its driver authorization card...more.
The 9/11 hijackers gained access to commercial aircraft using various forms of identity documents, some obtained legitimately and some fraudulently. The 9/11 Commission concluded that preventing t...more.
Two states, Washington and New Mexico, adopted measures allowing all residents to receive driver’s licenses prior to passage of the REAL ID Act in 2005 with its federal requirements regarding li...more.
Licenses for the undocumented—and in some cases, f...more.