Nevada has become the latest state to allow illegal immigrants to obtain a driver’s license. In Nevada, Democratic-led lawmakers approved a driver’s license law in 2013. It was signed by Republican Governor Brian Sandoval, our state’s first Hispanic Governor, who considers it a public safety measure, and went into effect at the beginning of January.
“Allowing undocumented immigrants to obtain a driver’s privilege card will increase the number of drivers on Nevada’s roads that are insured and aware of traffic rules and regulations,” Sandoval said in a statement after signing the bill.
Those applying for driver’s licenses must show some proof of their identity as well as evidence of Nevada residency and insurance. New drivers must pass a driving test and pay to retake the test if they fail.
The information provided for the licenses, however, may not be used against them for purposes of enforcing immigration laws, a key provision in Nevada, where about a fourth of all residents are Latino.
Other states that have approved similar laws include Utah, Washington, Maryland, Oregon, Connecticut, California, New Mexico and Illinois, along with the District of Columbia.