New Mexico Rep Wants to Eliminate Driver’s Licenses for Illegal Immigrants

February 15, 2011

New Mexico Rep. Andy Nunez, I-Hatch, has introduced a bill to prevent illegal immigrants from obtaining driver’s licenses.

Currently, to obtain a driver’s license in the state, an applicant just needs a social security number or tax ID number, and a New Mexico residential address. House Bill 78 would eliminate the option of using a tax ID number as a substitute for a social security number to obtain a license.

The state Division of Motor Vehicles told the Carlsbad Current-Argus that it has issued about 83,000 driver’s licenses to foreign nationals, but it does not track how many had visas and how many were in the country illegally.

Topics Personal Auto Mexico

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