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Coalition Sues Arizona Over DACA Driver License Denials

"A coalition of civil rights organizations today filed a class-action lawsuit challenging Arizona’s unconstitutional policy denying driver’s licenses to a specific class of immigrant youth even though they have grown up in the United States and are authorized to live and work here. The...

DACA, Driving and Daily Life

"As the number of unauthorized immigrants granted benefits under the Obama administration's recent deferred action program reaches a critical mass, it has rekindled debate over an enduring contentious issue — the role that immigration status should play in the granting of driver’s...

DREAMERS Challenge Michigan’s Policy Denying Driver Licenses: Lawsuit Filed

"Three young immigrants and One Michigan, a youth-led organization that advocates on behalf of immigrants, filed a lawsuit today challenging the state’s policy of denying driver’s licenses to immigrant youth whom the federal government has allowed to stay and work in the country. Plaintiff...

Illinois to OK Driver Licenses for Undocumented Immigrants

"Democratic Illinois Governor Pat Quinn is set to sign a bill into law that would allow undocumented immigrants to obtain a three-year state driver’s license, thus allowing the state not only to monitor bad drivers, but also allowing immigrants access to an invaluable form of identification...

Iowa DOT Under Fire for DACA Driver License Policy

"The Iowa Department of Transportation’s interpretation of a federal action allowing some undocumented immigrants to legally remain in the U.S. came under sharp and bipartisan criticism during a hearing at the Capitol on Wednesday. The DOT announced late last month that it would not issue...

N. Carolina DVM Weighs DL Policy for DACA Grantees

"A spokesperson for the NC DMV said it is seeking a legal opinion from the attorney general's office on the policy. It is unclear when a decision will be made but those against it say they are prepared to fight. “If this is in fact going to be the policy, we're going to fight it, there's...

Battle Over Driver Licenses for DACA Grantees Heats Up in North Carolina

"Two of North Carolina’s leading civil rights organizations are asking state officials to reinstate a policy that allowed young immigrants who have been authorized to be in the United States and granted work permits under a federal program to receive North Carolina driver’s licenses...

Oregon OKs Driver Licenses for DACA Grantees

"Following almost four months of deliberation, Oregon officials have decided to let young immigrants drive under President Barack Obama's deportation deferral program. Oregon Driver and Motor Vehicle Services will now accept deferred action work permits, which are renewable every two years,...

DHS Statement Will Force States to Review Driver License Policies

"The Department of Homeland Security clarified Friday that undocumented youth who are given work permits and deportation reprieve under the deferred action program are considered to be lawfully present in the United States. The updated guidelines posted on the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services...

Michigan Will Issue Driver Licenses to DACA Grantees

"The Michigan Department of State – in light of a recent reversal by federal officials on whether Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals participants are lawfully present – is now required to issue those participants driver’s license and identification cards, the department announced...

Alabama to Issue Driver Licenses to DACA Grantees

"Alabama officials have announced that young immigrants who came to the country as children—also known as DREAMers—will be allowed to apply for state driver's licenses. The decision affects an estimated 10,000 to 20,000 DREAMers who stand to benefit from the federal government's...

Will Texas Flip-Flop on Driver Licenses?

Current Texas law requires U.S. citizenship or lawful immigration status to obtain or renew a driver license. Efforts in the Texas legislature may be changing that, according to stories in the Texas Tribune and the Austin American-Statesman .

Nevada Governor Signs Driver License Bill

"Friday, Governor Brian Sandoval signed Senate Bill 303 into law, allowing undocumented immigrants to apply for a driver authorization card. The card is not a form of identification but it gives them the ability to drive legally. First, they have to take a class, pass a test, register their car...

TCA3: Statutory, Regulatory Changes Moot TX Driver License Lawsuit

"[I]n light of the statutory amendments and rule changes, we must conclude that the Applicants’ administrative challenges to former Rules 15.171 and 15.24 are indeed moot." - Texas Dept. of Public Safety, et al. v. Salazar, et al., Oct. 31, 2013 .

California Driver License Program Hits Unexpected Hurdle: Trust

"Last year, when California became the most populous state to pass a law permitting undocumented residents to obtain driver’s licenses, advocates for immigrant rights were thrilled, saying it would allow people to commute without fear while also decreasing rates of hit-and-run accidents and...

Unlawfully Present Aliens, Driver’s Licenses, and Other State-Issued ID: Select Legal Issues

By Kate M. Manuel. Legislative Attorney, and Michael John Garcia, Legislative Attorney, Congressional Research Service, March 28, 2014 .

CA9 on DACA, Arizona, Driver Licenses: Arizona Dream Act Coalition v. Brewer

"The federal government has enacted a program called “Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals” (“DACA”), which authorizes certain immigrants who came to the United States as children, without permission, to remain in the United States. In response, Arizona officials —...

Court Enjoins Arizona's Driver License Limitation

"Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer was wrong to bar some young immigrants from receiving driver’s licenses, a panel of federal judges ruled today. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit ordered the Arizona Motor Vehicle Division to end its policy of denying licenses to young immigrants who...

Arizona's DACAmented 'Dreamers' Can Drive!

"Thousands of young immigrants protected from deportation under a federal program will begin lining up for Arizona driver’s licenses Monday after a federal judge removed the final barrier preventing them from applying for the documents. A preliminary injunction issued Thursday by U.S. District...

DHS Final Rule for REAL ID-Compliant Driver Licenses, ID Cards

"Pursuant to REAL ID regulations, beginning December 1, 2014, federal agencies may not accept State-issued driver’s licenses or identification cards for official purposes from individuals born after December 1, 1964, unless the license or card is REAL ID-compliant and was issued by a compliant...

Deciding Who Drives: State Choices Surrounding Unauthorized Immigrants and Driver Licenses

"U.S. citizens and lawful immigrants can routinely obtain and renew driver’s licenses, but some states have decided to allow unauthorized immigrants—those who do not have explicit permission from the U.S. government to reside in the country—to do so as well. As of the summer of...

USA to CA9: Let DREAMers Drive - (links updated)

Howard Fischer, Capitol Media Services, Aug. 28, 2015 - "The Obama administration late Friday urged federal judges to spurn efforts by Arizona to once again deny licenses to drive to “Dreamers.” Assistant Attorney General Lindsey Powell said federal law allows the Department of...

Ninth Circuit Says Federal Immigration Law Preempts Arizona's Attempt to Deny DLs to DACA Recipients: ADAC v. Brewer

ADAC v. Brewer, Apr. 5, 2016 - "In sum, we find that DACA recipients are similarly situated in all relevant respects to other noncitizens eligible for drivers’ licenses under Arizona’s policy. And Arizona’s refusal to rely on EADs from DACA recipients for purposes of establishing...

Georgia Driver License Victory: Chavez v. Milkell

Chavez v. Milkell, Apr. 19, 2016 - "Because the USCIS SAVE Verification Report indicates "( c)( 1 0)" classification for the Petitioner which means he has a pending application for adjustment of status to that of lawful permanent resident pursuant to 8 USC 1229(b)( I) an thus has "lawful...

Another Georgia DL Victory: Villegas Torres v. Mikell

Villegas Torres v. Mikell, Apr. 20, 2016 - "The Court finds that the DDS's decision to cancel and/or not renew Petitioner's license is not supported by the evidence because she submitted satisfactory evidence to show lawful status under 6 C.F.R. § 37.3. Specifically, the I-797C Notice...