DMV to issue driver’s licenses to immigrants on Friday

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DENVER — Undocumented immigrants in Colorado will get to sign up for a state driver’s license beginning Friday.

The Department of Motor Vehicles will require immigrants to make an appointment at a selected office to get a license.

Just give of the state’s 56 licensing centers will be issuing appointments. Only 155 appointments are allowed per day.

Some Latino rights groups have criticized the lack of availability in the program saying immigrants in the state’s more rural areas will have difficulty making an appointment.

The DMV has said some 9,500 people have been scheduled to go through the licensing process. Activists have said about 150,000 people could be seeking the new driver’s license.

“We anticipate that there will continue to be a lot of need from the community and a lot of excitement about being able to take advantage of this opportunity that has been passed into law,” said Julie Gonzales of the Colorado Latino Forum.

Immigrants can present a copy of state tax returns, a federal tax identification number and proof of identity from their country of residence to get a license.

Supporters say the program will create an economic boost for the state because immigrants will feel more comfortable traveling on roads.

Opponents say immigrants in the country illegally should not be allowed to use state services including getting a license.

Currently, Washington, New Mexico and Illinois allow undocumented immigrants to apply for a driver’s license.

3 comments

  • John T.

    And just whose bright idea was this? Who has that authority? Just what we need; more uninsured drivers. Vote all of the incumbents out in November. Period. It’s time for term limits. Ask yourself a question: Why do we have 90 year old Congressmen and Senators? These guys could not hold down a job in the private sector for 10 minutes.

  • E.C. (@essieclovington)

    The only full service office in this area and now the whole place is clogged and bogged down by this program. So, you are worried about rural people who never bothered to go through the documentation process having ACCESS? What about the access, that I as a legal lawful PAYING citizen of the state, being now 4 times as long as it was due to this progam? Oh I don’t matter, that’s right. It’s all about those who wouldn’t go through the time and money to become a legal citizen. Making their lives easier, while having legal citizens jump through even MORE hoops, giving MORE of their own Time and Money for someone who already proved they wouldn’t give to begin with?

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