Driver's Licenses

Long Wait Times for Appointments and Other Resource Problems


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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 cards in January 2014, the lines to apply were so long that those who showed up after 1 p.m. on the first Saturday were turned away (Miller, 2014). Colorado’s licensing website crashed after appointments first became available in July 2014, and the wait to get an appointment may be as long as three and a half years for some applicants (Denver Post, 2014). The fact that licenses for immigrants are available only at select offices exacerbates wait times in Colorado (where only five offices offer the licenses) as well as in Illinois (Deam, 2014; CBS Chicago). In Washington, D.C., waits for appointments at one time stretched to as long as ten months (Sommer, 2014).


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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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