Toolkit | Access to Driver’s Licenses

Toolkit | Access to Driver’s Licenses



2019 State Legislative Sessions Report

Immigrants’ Rights Gain Ground in the States: 2018-2019

While the U.S. president took multiple actions during 2018 and 2019 to restrict immigration and make life more difficult for immigrants in the United States, states overwhelmingly rejected harsh measures and instead advanced policies that improve the lives of immigrants in their communities across the country. Following the 2018 elections, and in response to the administration’s escalating threats, immigrants’ rights organizing advanced substantially in the states.

Advocates not only defeated most anti-immigrant proposals and secured policies limiting state and local entanglement in immigration enforcement, but they gained significant ground in campaigns to expand access to higher education, professional licenses, driver’s licenses, health care, and legal representation for immigrants. Collectively, advocates moved states to adopt major criminal justice reforms and measures to protect the privacy of both citizens and noncitizens.

This report highlights some of the victories won by immigrants’ rights advocates, organizers, and allies in the states during 2018 and 2019.




State Laws Providing Access to Driver’s Licenses or Cards, Regardless of Immigration Status

Includes information for states that issue driver’s licenses or cards regardless of immigration status. Also includes descriptions of the licenses and cards, and requirements, and links to the relevant state laws.