December 11, 2023

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Here’s what might change if Driver’s Licenses for All passes

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Undocumented immigrants can’t get driver’s licenses in Minnesota, but that could change this year if a bill passes in the state Legislature. 

The bill, known as Driver’s Licenses For All, would open that opportunity for an estimated 81,000 undocumented immigrants living in Minnesota. Ninety-four percent of those immigrants are over the legal driving age of 16, according to the Migration Policy Institute in Washington, D.C. 

The bill passed in the Minnesota House on January 30. The state Senate is now discussing the bill in committee sessions. Advocates in immigrant communities have organized for the last few decades to change a state rule that prohibits undocumented Minnesotans from receiving licenses. Many believe the DFL-controlled state Legislature and governor’s office are working in their favor this year.

Eighteen states and Washington, D.C., allow undocumented immigrants to obtain driver’s licenses.


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