(May 29) – Gov. John Hickenlooper signed into law today a bipartisan bill by Rep. Jeni Arndt, D-Fort Collins, and Rep. Jonathan Singer, D-Longmont to improve the Colorado immigrant driver’s license program.
SB18-108 removes obstacles that have restricted access to a program launched in 2013 to provide driver’s licenses to all Colorado residents, regardless of immigration status. The self-funded program gives all drivers the opportunity to prove that they are qualified to get behind the wheel and allows them to obtain insurance.
The bill allows individuals who have valid Social Security numbers, like DACA recipients, to use them as proof of identity for the immigrant driver’s license program. Currently, an Individual Tax Identification Number (ITIN) is the sole qualifying eligibility document for participation in the program. The bill also permits online renewals of licenses granted under the program, removing another bottleneck in a program for which waiting times can still be as long as six months.
“Colorado’s agriculture sector needs workers who can get to their jobs safely and legally,” said Rep. Arndt, the chairwoman of the House Agriculture, Livestock & Natural Resources Committee. “This bill is good for good for our economy and for public safety.”
“This bill will make Colorado’s roads and drivers safer.” Rep. Singer said. “Immigrants are a part of the fabric of our state and the feds should look to states like Colorado that are stepping up and fixing our immigration woes.”