Last Updated: Tue, 06/09/2009 – 7:53am
The nation’s most populous state is on the verge of passing a law to give special driver’s licenses to illegal immigrants who won’t meet the security standards under a federal measure designed to protect the country from terrorists.
By 2011 all states must verify the authenticity of every driver’s license applicant by confirming that documents—such as a birth certificate or passport—submitted to get the card are legitimate and that the applicant is in the United States legally.
California legislators plan to accommodate illegal immigrants who don’t meet the identification requirements for the new federally approved licenses by issuing special cards. Recently passed by the California Senate and heading to the Assembly, the measure allows illegal aliens to still get a driving-only license with a clear mark indicating that it does not meet the federal law.
Wisconsin Denies Driver’s Licenses to Illegal Aliens
Monday, June 29, 2009, 10:51 AM
Wisconsin avoids adding its name to the short list of states that allow illegal aliens to get a driver’s license. Washington, New Mexico and Illinois are the only states left to issue a license without documenting immigration status after a Maryland law went into effect on June 1.
Wisconsin does join a list with 10 other states, though, that offer in-state tuition benefits to illegal aliens. See our map of states that offer in-state tuition for a full list.