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Driver’s licenses are one of the essential pieces of identification. Migrants use them to build communities, secure better employment opportunities and protect themselves against employers who withhold wages from them; yet, it can often be challenging to secure one.
Recently, several states including New York have passed laws permitting migrants to apply for driving privilege cards that don’t fit federal immigration reform’s criteria and mark “NOT FOR FEDERAL PURPOSES.” State governments are taking matters into their own hands by licensing immigrants who cannot prove legal status and licensing them anyway.
Migrants need a license in order to travel and work, yet the bureaucracy associated with applying can be an immense obstacle. Families especially can find this process time-consuming and costly. Furthermore, language barriers often pose problems – official documents must be translated before being submitted – while certain tests, like written exams that precede road tests are conducted in multiple languages.
Situation is further complicated by migrants having limited time in New York and needing to renew their driver’s license before departing. Although renewing can be dauntingly complex, some have managed to bypass it by applying in another state such as Canada or Massachusetts for temporary licenses before returning with them to New York with it in hand. But this strategy poses risks as well.