Toolkit | Access to Driver’s Licenses
FACT SHEETS, TALKING POINTS, POLICY ANALYSISTOOLKIT CONTENTS
- Benefits of Expanding Access to Driver’s Licenses
- Restrictions’ Effect on Citizens & Lawfully Present Immigrants
- Uniform vs. Marked Licenses
- REAL ID
- Identification Issues
- Individual Taxpayer Identification Numbers (ITINs)
- Countering Allegations of Fraud
- General Fact Sheets, Talking Points, and Analysis
- Driver’s Licenses and National Security
- Protecting Privacy
- Campaign Websites with Additional Information
Why Denying Driver’s Licenses to Undocumented Immigrants Harms Public Safety and Makes Our Communities Less Secure
Explains how denying licenses to undocumented immigrants increases both uninsurance rates and the number of unlicensed drivers and also undermines effective law enforcement. (NILC)
Summarizes the bill’s major provisions and lists benefits that would be derived if the bill becomes law. (Driver’s Licenses for All*)
Answers to frequently asked questions about SB13-251, a list of supporters, copies of news articles, and an open letter of support from Boulder County Sheriff Joe Pelle. (Licencias Para Todos*)
Information about eligibility, application rules, and implementation. (Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights*)
SB 957: Frequently Asked Questions
Answers to frequently asked questions about SB 957. Answers explain features of Illinois’s “temporary visitor driver’s license” (TVDL) and requirements for applying for it, discuss issues related to issuing TVDLs to some state residents (e.g., costs, potential fraud, security, REAL ID compliance, insurance), and discuss the ways in which people issued the TVDL could use it. (Highway Safety Coalition*)
Comparison of States with Similar Driver’s License Statutes: New Mexico, Utah, and Washington
Compares facts and provides statistics under these headings: “Rates of Uninsured Motorists,” “Accident Rates,” “Fatal Crashes,” “Savings Associated,” and “Fraud Prevention.” (Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights*)
Immigrants and Taxes
Discusses how immigrants contribute by paying taxes. (CASA de Maryland*)
Summary of New Mexico Senate compromise driver’s license bill, a bill to amend New Mexico’s driver’s license law in such a way as to counter the governor’s effort to repeal the law. (Somos Un Pueblo Unido*)
Misdirected Policy: New Mexico Governor Susana Martinez’s Campaign to Repeal the State’s Driver’s License Law
Discusses New Mexico governor’s efforts to repeal the state’s driver’s license law. (NILC)
Report of the Study Committee on Migrant Worker Access to Driver’s Licenses and Non-Driver Identification Cards
Report of legislative study committee recommending expanding access to driver’s licenses and identification cards to individuals regardless of immigration status, including in particular a recommendation that such licenses and identification cards appear identical to those issued to Vermont residents able to establish lawful presence.
Makes the case that restricting access to driver’s licenses actually weakens national security. (CASA de Maryland*)
This backgrounder provides information about U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s use of DMV photos and states’ face-recognition technology as well as some steps that states can take to restrict access to photos in their DMV databases and to limit how photos can be used.
Outlines some steps that states have taken and that advocates can pursue to protect confidential information provided to their departments of motor vehicles.
The resources in this list provide background information on the complex and opaque web of databases, related systems, and information-sharing mechanisms that facilitate federal immigration enforcement, as well measures that protect the confidentiality of immigrants’ personal information. These databases, systems, and mechanisms depend on the participation of private companies and on the entanglement of state and local law enforcement or licensing agencies with federal immigration and law enforcement agencies. The list, which includes issue briefs and reports as well as articles, will be updated as more resources become available.
Driver’s Licenses (section of CIPC website)
Information and resources compiled and curated by the California Immigrant Policy Center (CIPC).
Driver’s License for All Coloradans
Iowa Safe Roads