NY Assembly Votes Driver’s Licenses for Undocumented Immigrants

ALBANY, NY –  The New York State Assembly passed the Driver’s License Access and Privacy Act. The need to secure driving privileges for all residents of New York, including undocumented immigrants, has been a long term effort. This legislation enhances public safety because all drivers will be required to pass a written exam and demonstrate safe driving skills.

“Today, the Assembly passed the Green Light Bill which aims to restore all New Yorker’s access to driver’s licenses,” says Assemblyman Marcos A. Crespo.  

“This legislation allows for undocumented immigrant New Yorkers, who contribute to our state economy in so many ways, to drive safely to and from school, work, and home. Not only will our roads throughout New York State be safer, but families of immigrants will have more peace of mind while their loved ones are on the roads. I am grateful for the Speaker’s support and leadership, to my colleagues in the assembly for doing the right thing, and to the advocates’ unwavering activism and visibility throughout the state.”

Senate co-sponsor Luis R. Sepúlveda (D) 32nd Senate District states, “Today is a historic day in the NY State Legislature. A huge congratulations and gratitude to my colleagues in the Assembly for their leadership in passing the Green Light Bill. We know this is the right thing to do for all New Yorker’s. To make our roads safer, economies stronger, and keeping our families together. We’re working hard in the Senate to get this done. Our communities deserve the Green Light Bill, and today’s vote means we are one step closer to making it a reality.”

Popularly known as the Green Light Bill, this legislation addresses the long-held need to restore access to driver’s licenses to undocumented immigrants. This legislation allows for the issuance of a driver’s license, protects the data of those applying for such privilege from unwarranted release and moves New York closer to recognizing the huge and positive economic impact undocumented residents have on the economy.

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