The national trend is moving toward licensing undocumented residents.
In 2013, eight states and Washington DC passed laws similar to New Mexico's requiring undocumented immigrants to apply for driver's licenses. They include California, Colorado, Nevada, Oregon, Illinois, Maryland, Connecticut, and Virginia. They did this with strong support from Democrats, Republicans, and law enforcement agencies because those states were experiencing considerable public safety problems as a result of unlicensed drivers.
New Mexico's all-inclusive driver's license law has been working for the past ten years. It is tried and tested. New Mexico has helped steer the national conversation on immigration and on drivers' licenses in a more positive, all-inclusive direction. This is the time to move forward with the national tide, not backward and against it.
Click here to see a map of all the states that have passed or presented legislation to license undocumented residents in 2013.
Tell lawmakers to keep immigrant drivers licensed.