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Toolkit | Access to Driver's Licenses


Fact Sheets, Talking Points, Policy Analysis

Benefits of Expanding Access to Driver’s Licenses

Restrictions' Effect on Citizens & Lawfully Present Immigrants

Uniform vs. Marked Licenses


Identification Issues

Individual Taxpayer Identification Numbers (ITINs)

Countering Allegations of Fraud


General Fact Sheets, Talking Points, and Analysis

Driver’s Licenses and National Security

Campaign Websites with Additional Information


Benefits of Expanding Access to Driver’s Licenses

Facts & Policy Points: California’s “Safe and Responsible Drivers Act”

Describes how expanding access to driver’s licenses promotes public safety, results in insurance savings, and increases economic participation. (NILC)

Why It Makes Law Enforcement Sense for All California Drivers to Be Eligible for Driver’s Licenses

Talking points on benefits of expanding access to driver’s licenses to all California drivers, from law enforcement perspective. (NILC)

Driver’s Licenses for All: Economic and Safety Benefits

Discusses benefits, including insurance, state revenue, economic participation and public safety. (Highway Safety Coalition*)

Immigrant Licensure: What Is Happening in Other States?

Reviews other state’s movement on the issue and benefits of expanded access to driver’s licenses in states with existing laws, including lower rates of uninsured motorists, accident rates, fatal crash rates, and overall savings to the state. (CASA de Maryland*)

Talking Points on Uninsured Motorists

Provides talking points on the public safety benefits of having driver’s trained, tested and insured. (CASA de Maryland*)

Limited-Use Licenses and Public Safety

Fact sheet on “trained and tested drivers = safer roads for everyone.” (CASA de Maryland*)

Share the Road: Allowing Eligible Undocumented Residents Access to Driver’s Licenses Makes Sense for New Jersey

Report by a New Jersey think tank arguing that “[a]llowing all residents the opportunity to drive legally would make New Jersey safer, help its economy and increase the well being of many families." (New Jersey Policy Perspective)

Don’t Wreck What’s Working: Keep All Drivers in New Mexico Licensed

Discusses the benefits of New Mexico’s driver’s license law (English and Spanish). (Somos Un Pueblo Unido)

Licensing All Drivers in North Carolina: A Policy that Supports Public Safety and Boosts the Economy

Describes the potential economic and public safety benefits of making driver's licenses available to all qualified drivers in North Carolina, regardless of their immigration status. (Budget & Tax Center, a project of the North Carolina Justice Center)

Licensing Drivers Protects Public Safety

Makes the case that expanding access to driver’s licenses promotes public safety by discussing AAA’s findings regarding unlicensed drivers in North Carolina. (NILC)

Driver’s Licenses for All: The Key to Safety and Security in Pennsylvania

Examines the public-safety and human and economic benefits of expanding access to licenses in Pennsylvania, including an estimated increase in state revenues. Also describes the costs of not changing current law. Includes the results of a survey of Spanish- and Portuguese-speaking undocumented immigrants in Pennsylvania, illustrating the effects on individuals and their family members of not having a driver’s license. (Social Justice Lawyering Clinic at the Stephen and Sandra Sheller Center for Social Justice at Temple University Beasley School of Law, on behalf of Fight for Driver's Licenses)

Restrictions' Effect on Citizens & Lawfully Present Immigrants

The Impact of Driver’s License and Identification Card Restrictions on U.S. Citizens and Lawfully Present Immigrants

Explains how restrictive driver’s license documentation requirements do not simply affect undocumented immigrants but also prevent many eligible U.S. citizens and lawfully present immigrants from obtaining licenses and ID cards. (NILC)

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