More States Issuing Driver’s Licenses to Those in U.S. Illegally

Lornet Turnbull, Seattle Times, June 22, 2013

A year ago, Washington was one of just three states granting driver’s licenses to any person living in the U.S. illegally—holding firm against a nationwide trend.

But quietly across the country this year, a curious thing has been happening: A growing number of states are reversing course and seven have now joined Washington and the others.

In recent months, all but two states have tweaked their policies to give driver’s licenses to tens of thousands of young people who were brought illegally to the U.S. as children and granted reprieve from deportation and permission to work.

On top of that, measures to allow driver’s licenses or driving-privilege cards to millions of undocumented immigrants were introduced in about 18 states this year. While most are pending, seven bills have been enacted into law, to become effective over the next two years or so.

Among the seven states is neighboring Oregon, where Gov. John Kitzhaber on May Day this year signed legislation to allow state residents in the country unlawfully to be allowed to legally drive, reversing an action his predecessor took six years earlier.


Craig Keller heads up a group called Respect Washington, which for years has tried but failed to collect enough signatures for an initiative to deny certain benefits, including driver’s licenses, to those in the country illegally.

He’s collecting signatures for another initiative this year as well as for a referendum to help repeal the Oregon law.

“There is no doubt America and many states are now under attack by those who wish to amnesty and legitimize millions of illegal alien lawbreakers,” Keller said. “Loosening of driver’s license standards is just one prong in this attack.”


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  • Dieter

    One can be sure that word-of-mouth will get around about which states issue licenses like they’re Halloween candy…Look closely at the map in the attendant article–the new nation shall start in Idaho, travel east across Wyoming before reaching Nebraska, north through the Dakotas, and finally across Montana before returning to Idaho. I encourage all White people in the US to relocate to one of these states if possible. It’s going to get much darker.

  • Spartacus

    And then they’ll wonder why they suddenly have a surge in accidents…

  • bigone4u

    In south Texas there seems to be a lot of hit and run even by Messicans who are US citizens. It’s part of the culture to avoid responsibility. All a driver’s license is going to do is allow the illegals to go on their way when stopped by a cop for coasting through a stop sign. It won’t stop the hit and runs and it won’t cause them to buy insurance and take responsibility.

    • The__Bobster

      When I lived in NJ, none of the cane-cutters had auto insurance, so they just took off when they hit a parked car. Of course, this meant that we stupid gringos had to pay twice as much for our insurance.

      • bigone4u

        Sorry to hear of your troubles up north, but pepper belly behaviors seem to be universal.

    • mobilebay

      Much of the lousy driving habits come from a bottle. First get stinking drunk, then start car, next run over an innocent pedestrian or run into another car whose passengers are injured or killed, and, last, jump out and run. SOP for illegals.

    • I don’t know about the insurance thing. Here in Colorado, any citation for driving without insurance results in the Department of Motor Vehicles instantly revoking the offender’s driver’s license. Subsequent driving on revocation can result in a two year sentence (a Class-One “misdemeanor” here but in reality a felony).

      My old ex-TSA agent ex-friend (the lying, thieving child-molester) got caught twice without insurance, the second time also driving on revocation. He pleaded down to driving on restriction, received no jail time (a one year deferral instead), but had to perform 84 hours of community service and pay a $2400 fine. It turns out simply getting insurance is cheaper. Nobody in their right mind drives without insurance here twice, but then Rowe wasn’t in his right mind: he’s currently six-and-a-half years into his three-to-life sentence for molesting kids.

      Depending on what state you live in, your mileage may vary.

  • Nathanwartooth

    Who are the liberals in the state of Washington going to blame when their country becomes a third world hellhole?

    I’m guessing they will still blame anyone but themselves, probably “conservatives”.

  • Cool, a license to carry next to their expired insurance card.

    • The__Bobster

      An insurance card that was only valid for a month.

  • The__Bobster

    Do these ugly brown squat monster invaders even take a driving test here? I know that in Mejico, they get licenses by either bribing someone or by submitting a certificate saying they took a driving course.

    • borogirl54

      They would have to pass a written test in Spanish and take a driving test as well in most states. I wonder why the test is not in English because all the road signs are in English anyway.

      • Allan477

        From what I hear a lot of them would not even be able to pass a written test in Spanish. So, I suppose the OMV will have to give oral tests in Spanish.

        • borogirl54

          That is a good question. There are some of the Indians that cannot even speak Spanish just their tribal language, how are they going to test them?

      • Just you wait ……

        In 20 years all road signs will have more lines on them than a drive through menu and be the size of doors.

        • borogirl54

          The funny thing is that the libs often complain that with English only license tests is the Germans from Mercedes and BMW would not feel welcome. I have good news for them. All of the Germans that get sent here speak fluent English and can pass a written test in English.

          • French is the international language of diplomacy.
            English is the language of international business.

          • IstvanIN

            German is the language of science.
            Latin is the language of religion.
            Ebonics is the language of crime.

          • borogirl54

            You are right.

  • borogirl54

    Those who support granting licenses to illegals claim that it would cause safer driving because they would have to pass written and driving tests and that with a license, they would also purchase insurance for their vehicles. I doubt that very seriously because most of these folks that I have seen are dangerous behind the wheel anyway. I used to live near one of the apartment complexes were these folks lived and there were some mornings that I would almost get hit four and five times before leaving the intersection where I lived. As far as buying insurance, it would be expensive for them because they have no driving record and those who have a driving record, it is not a good one. But it is because of drivers like them that I carry uninsured motorist coverage on my insurance policy and I encourage everybody else to do the same.

    • The “spanish speaking” DMV employees will talk the testees through..

      Their insurance will be no higher because the only two questions that can be asked are:

      1) Gender
      2) Are you over the age of 25.

      And since they run from every accident, because they are drunk, they are never cited.

      White males under the age of 25 pay for every other insurance group’s risk.

      • borogirl54

        I find it hard to believe that. In most states, your driving record as well as your credit report is checked before issuing you a quote. More evidence that you need to have uninsured motorist coverage on your insurance policy. Most of the illegals would not make the monthly insurance payment anyway.

  • WR_the_realist

    Careful. The Sierra Club Board of Directors will call you racist for wanting to stabilize our population.

  • (Raises hand) My wife was a bit scared at first here, as she’d never driven on the right. When I was in grad school in Sydney, I never did drive Down Under because I wasn’t interested in driving on the left. The city bus system there was great, anyway.