Several states are leting immigrants without status to obtain a driver's license
Although it is true that there are ways to obtain a driver's license in some states without having a legal immigration status in the country, states like Texas make it an impossible mission.
Currently, the following states allow the undocumented immigrant driver's license to be issued: California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Hawaii, Illinois, Maryland, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Utah, Vermont and Washington. They were joined by the state of New York by passing the Green Light Bill in June of this year and licenses can be taken from December.
In addition, undocumented immigrants can also obtain a driver's license in Washington DC, the capital of the United States and in the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico.
However, it should be noted that Texas, the second state with the most immigrant population in the United States, does not allow undocumented immigrants to obtain a driver's license. This is turning this state into one of the most dangerous for drivers, since, by not allowing the undocumented to get the license, there is no control over who is driving, they do not pass a traffic regulations knowledge test or a driving test to make sure you are able to drive a car safely.
It is important to know the minimum requirements that are requested in each state, since they are different and what does it mean that it cannot be used as identification or for federal uses. In addition, it is convenient to know their relationship with other forms of identification, such as consular registration and ID issued by some cities.
The privilege of receiving a driver's license without the need to prove legal stay in the US was granted for the first time to paperless immigrants in 1993.
Washington, for example, was the first state to allow undocumented immigrants to receive driver's licenses in 1993; followed by New Mexico and Utah, in 2003 and 2005, respectively; then by Illinois in 2013; Colorado, Maryland, Nevada, Vermont and the District of Columbia approved similar initiatives in 2014; and finally, they were followed by California, Connecticut, Delaware and Hawaii in the past four years.
And it is thanks to the fact that these states managed to pass legislation in favor of undocumented licenses, which today we can say that granting a driver's license to an immigrant without legal residence improves road safety and boosts a state's economy, according to studies.