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Immigrants and Drivers Licenses

19 States Allow Undocumented Individuals To Get A Driver’s License

Access to transportation and the right to drive in the United States is essential for everyone, including undocumented individuals. According to the National Conference of State Legislatures, 19 states along with Washington, D.C., grant driver’s licenses to undocumented immigrants. Under the constitutional authority of the 10th Amendment. Congress enacted Real ID in 2005, and these states issue a driver’s license if an applicant provides certain documentation, including a foreign birth certificate, foreign passport or consular card and evidence of current residency in the state.

Which States Grant Driver’s Licenses To Undocumented Immigrants

The following states issue a driver’s license to undocumented immigrants:

  • California
  • Colorado
  • Connecticut
  • Delaware
  • Hawaii
  • Illinois
  • Maryland
  • Massachusetts
  • Minnesota
  • Nevada
  • New Jersey
  • New Mexico
  • New York
  • Oregon
  • Rhode Island
  • Utah
  • Vermont
  • Virginia
  • Washington
  • and Washington D.C.

Undocumented and Florida New Driver’s License Laws

Florida law bars undocumented immigrants from getting a driver’s license, and a new Florida bill will increase the maximum sentence for anyone convicted of driving without a license twice or more from 60 days in jail to a year. Immigrant advocacy organizations say Florida’s new driver’s license law poses a threat to public safety. And that many immigrants, despite being prohibited from obtaining a license, will continue to drive without having undergone testing or purchasing insurance.

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