Nativism Watch

Colorado Governor Signs Driver’s License Bill into Law


Imagine 2050 Staff • Jun 06, 2013

Yesterday, Governor John Hickenlooper quietly signed into law a bill that will grant driver’s licenses to all Colorado residents regardless of immigration status. The law will go into effect August 1, 2014. This is a significant victory for the grassroots campaign Licenses for All, and for the thousands of undocumented Colorado residents who will be able to apply for a driver’s license.  Legislative analysts expect at least 45,000 immigrants to apply for the new license in the first year it’s available.

Other states have passed similar measures this year, including Oregon, Maryland, Illinois and Connecticut. Washington and New Mexico already provide licenses to immigrants regardless of immigration status. Just two days ago, Florida governor Rick Scott vetoed a bill that would have allowed Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) grantees to apply for driver’s licenses. In California and Washington DC, bills allowing undocumented immigrants to apply for driver’s licenses are still being considered by the legislature.

 

To read more about all of the hard work that went into Licenses for All’s campaign to bring a driver’s license bill forth and get it passed, visit here.  

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