Driver's Licenses

Undocumented immigrant licenses bring more opportunity to get on the road

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.

About this project

The Tomás Rivera Policy Institute, a university research center with the mission to address the challenges and opportunities of demographic diversity in the 21st century global city, has produced these featured digital publications using the USC Media Curator, an online publishing platform designed to bring together innovative research from across the University of Southern California and beyond. This project curates research relevant for immigrant service providers on the topics of Access & Use of TechnologyAccess & Use of Financial ServicesNotario Fraud, and Driver's Licenses for the unauthorized.


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Latest News on Driver’s Licenses

As the 11 jurisdictions with two-tiered licensing models issue driver's licenses regardless of immigration status, with California and Connecticut implementing their policies most recently in Janua...more.