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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
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
Uniform vs. Marked Licenses
Talking points on how marked driver’s licenses invite discrimination, provide a pathway to deportation, undermine public safety, and make a state's residents a target for discrimination in other states. (NILC)
Makes the case for why uniform (unmarked) driver’s licenses maximize the benefits to law enforcement and public safety. (ACLU*)
Makes the case for why California should adopt uniform (unmarked) driver’s licenses and explains how not having a driver’s license affects the author’s own family. (Maria Genis, Fusion)
The questions answered in this FAQ are: What is the REAL ID Act? Are the REAL ID Act’s requirements in effect? What is the new enforcement schedule? Do REAL ID’s requirements apply to all interactions with federal agents or to enter all federal buildings? Does having a license that is not acceptable for official federal purposes mean that the person who has the license is an unauthorized immigrant? How many states has DHS determined to be in compliance with REAL ID? Are states that impose immigration restrictions on access to driver’s licenses therefore in compliance with REAL ID? Are states required to implement REAL ID’s requirements? Are states required to deny licenses to immigrants who are ineligible for a REAL ID–compliant license? Why has DHS postponed the deadline for states to comply with REAL ID’s requirements? Does the REAL ID Act make all lawfully present immigrants eligible for a REAL ID–compliant license? Do states have an interest in issuing driver’s licenses to all eligible drivers? (NILC)
This one-pager addresses some basic misconceptions about the REAL ID Act’s requirements. It explains that states can issue licenses that are not acceptable as proof of identity for certain official federal purposes but that can be accepted as identity for all other federal, state, and local purposes. It confirms that these licenses can be made available to U.S. citizens and lawfully present immigrants as well as to undocumented immigrants. It also describes the meaning of “official federal purposes” and the alternative documents that federal agencies may accept as ID for such purposes. Finally, it explains the Transportation Security Administration rules on proof of identity at airports. (NILC).
Explains why the marked licenses issued under new laws providing an avenue for eligible undocumented drivers to obtain a license are not proof that the drivers who have them are undocumented. (NILC)
A table that summarizes the enforcement schedule for REAL ID. (NILC)
Summarizes REAL ID provisions regarding information required on the driver’s license, minimum driver’s license issuance standards, and immigration requirements. (NILC)
One-page description of REAL ID, current federal position on implementation, and concerns it raises. (ACLU*)
Letter from “law professors whose teaching and scholarship focus on immigration law” to Gov. Dannel P. Malloy of Connecticut confirming that issuance of second-tier licenses to state residents who do not have proof of lawful presence does not run afoul of the REAL ID Act. (1/15/13)
Letter confirming passage of SB 715 will not negatively impact the state’s compliance with the REAL ID Act. (Maryland MVA, 3/14/13)
Confirming Washington’s Enhanced Driver’s License policy complies with REAL ID. (U.S. Dept. of Homeland Security, 7/16/08)
Discusses SB 715 and how passage will not endanger the state’s REAL ID compliance. (CASA de Maryland*)
ACLU website with extensive information and resources on REAL ID.
Here's what the experts say: Accepting driver’s licenses as identification helps law enforcement officers. Police can use their resources more efficiently if driver’s licenses are acceptable as identification. Driver’s license databases are a law enforcement tool. Ability to prove identity improves the relationship between community members and the police. And when people can identify themselves with government-issued IDs, they can open bank accounts, which reduces the risk that they will be targeted by criminals. (NILC)
Proof of Identity in States that Do Not Require Lawful Status to Obtain a Driver’s License
Mexican government PowerPoint presentation explaining what a consular ID card (also known as a matrícula consular) is, documents required to obtain one, and security features.
Answers these questions: What is the matrícula consular? What are the requirements to obtain one? How do consulates verify the validity of documents presented to obtain a matrícula consular and ensure that duplicate IDs are not issued? What are the card's security features? Does the U.S. government allow the matrícula consular to be used as proof of identity? (NILC)
* This organization gave NILC permission to upload this item to NILC’s website.