DMV to issue driver’s licenses to immigrants on Friday


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.