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Mayor Gray Announces Drivers Safety Act

Thursday, May 2, 2013

Mayor Gray Announces Drivers Safety Act

Legislation Would Improve Public Safety and Help Alleviate Economic Hardships for Many of District’s Immigrant Families by Opening Door to Car Ownership

(Washington, DC)Mayor Vincent C. Gray today announced that he had transmitted the District of Columbia Drivers Safety Amendment Act of 2013 to the DC Council. The legislation would enable the District’s Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) to issue a driver’s license, learner’s permit, or identification card to undocumented District residents who meet certain criteria.

“This legislation is the right thing to do for our undocumented residents and our entire community,” Mayor Gray said.  “With this legislation, undocumented District residents will be able to obtain a driver’s license by submitting the proper documentation and taking the same tests the DMV requires of all drivers. This promotes the safe operation of motor vehicles on our streets, and reduces incentives for criminals to sell fake IDs on the black market. Most importantly, it alleviates burdens on immigrants by opening the door to legal automobile ownership – an economic lifeline for many hard-working families.”

To obtain a credential, undocumented residents must: 

  1. Show proof of residency for at least six months or more;
  2. Demonstrate they are ineligible to obtain a Social Security number;
  3. Obtain an individual taxpayer identification number (ITIN) from the Internal Revenue Service;
  4. Be unable to present documentation from the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services authorizing his or her presence in this country; and
  5. Submit a valid unexpired passport from their home country or a foreign birth certificate. 

In addition to ensuring all residents can safely operate vehicles on the District’s roadways, this legislation will also allow for the registration of insured vehicles.