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Bill wants to require more DMV offices to issue drivers licenses to undocumented people

Posted at 11:10 AM, Feb 18, 2019
and last updated 2019-02-18 13:11:22-05
Colorado DMV

DENVER – A bill introduced in the state Senate wants to require the Department of Revenue to issue identification documents, such as driver’s licenses, to people who are temporarily undocumented, at 10 or more offices throughout the state.

Currently, the Colorado Road and Community Safety Act authorizes the state to issue a driver license, instruction permit or identification card to individuals who either cannot prove lawful presence in the U.S. or can only prove temporary residency. This law took effect in 2014.

For people unable to prove their permanent legal immigration status, an appointment is required at the DMV.

Right now there are only three offices in Colorado who issue identification documents to individuals who are unable to demonstrate lawful presence in the U.S.

Senate Bill 19-139 would require at least 10 offices to issue the documents by January 31st, 2020 if approved.

The bill states the general assembly declares this act is “necessary for the immediate preservation of the public peace, health, and safety.”

For those who are able to prove temporary status and residency, you may apply for documents at any state driver license office, an appointment is only required for driving tests.

All applicants must present proof of residency one of two ways.

Option one requires an affidavit DR 2212 (A or B) affirming residency, evidence of residency like a utility bill or credit card statement, and a tax return filing for the immediately preceding year.

Option two requires an affidavit DR 2212 (A or B) confirming continual residency for 24 months and evidence of continual residency for 24 months.

Both options also require proof of ITIN, affidavit DR 2212 (A or B), and either a passport, consular ID card, or military ID document from your country of origin.

SB19-139 was introduced in the Senate February 12th and was assigned to the Finance committee.

The bill is currently under consideration and will be discussed at the next committee meeting scheduled for February 28th.