Yesterday, Washington D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray signed a bill into law that allows undocumented immigrants to obtain driver’s licenses.
The new law will go into effect on May 1, 2014, and is expected to benefit 16,000 qualified undocumented immigrants. The licenses will not be valid for any other purpose except to drive. The licenses will be marked “not valid for official federal purposes.”
The Washington D.C. city council approved the bill last week. The D.C. Council backed off its original plan to allow undocumented immigrants access to regular driver’s licenses, they opted instead for a two-tier system as many others states have.
Washington D.C. joins California, Illinois, Colorado, Connecticut, Maryland, New Mexico, Nevada, Oregon, Utah, Vermont and Washington state, that allow undocumented immigrants access to a driver’s licenses.