Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Virginia DMV Ups Requirements for Immigrant Driver Licensing

The Virginia DMV will no longer accept federal employment documents provided to immigrants as proof of legal presence for purposes of state driver's license or identification card applications.

The change comes amid concerns raised recently in the Montano case where an alien with two drunk driving convictions was involved in a crash in Prince William County that left a woman dead and two others seriously injured.  Montano received a federal employment card while deportation proceedings were already under way. According to the governor's office, he later used the document to apply for a state identification card.

Opponents of the change point out that it has the potential to harm persons with valid work visas, potentially jeopardizing their employment.

The DMV is now seeking an opinion from Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli about which federal documents should be accepted as proof of legal presence going forward.

Read the full article here.

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