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AILA Resources on DMV Policies (Updated 3/19/13)

Cite as "AILA InfoNet Doc. No. 13012455 (posted Mar. 19, 2013)"

Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals

On June 15th, Secretary Napolitano announced a new deferred action program for childhood arrivals. Since then, some states have issued statements denying certain benefits, including drivers licenses, to DACA grantees.

This chart looks at whether each state's document requirements for a driver's license can be satisfied with a grant of deferred action, documents obtainable through a grant of deferred action, and other documents that DACA beneficiaries are likely to have. (AILA Doc. No. 12090547.) (Posted 09/05/12)

  • Alabama Department of Public Safety memo to Driver License Examiners allowing DACA recipients to apply and test for a driver license or ID card in Alabama. (AILA Doc. No. 13031844.)
  • Michigan Department of State press release announcing that Michigan will issue driver’s licenses and ID cards to DACA recipients following the release of updated USCIS FAQs specifying that DACA recipients are lawfully present. (AILA Doc. No. 13020452.)
  • North Carolina Deputy Attorney General letter announcing that the state believe that individuals granted DACA are lawfully present in the United States and therefore are eligible to apply for drivers licenses in the state of North Carolina. (AILA Doc. No. 13011841.)
  • Iowa Department of Transportation press release announcing that the state had determined it can now issue driver's licenses or non-operator identification (ID) cards to persons granted DACA based on changed guidance issued by the USCIS. (AILA Doc. No. 13012452.)
  • Arizona Governor Jan Brewer's Executive Order clarifying that individuals granted deferred action under the June 15th memo will not be eligible for Arizona driver licenses or other state benefits. (AILA Doc. No. 12082249.)
  • Nebraskan Governor Dave Heineman statement clarifying that individuals granted deferred action under the June 15th memo will not be eligible for Nebraskan driver licenses or other state benefits. (AILA Doc. No. 12082250.)
  • Texas Governor Rick Perry's letter instructing Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott to ensure that all Texas agencies understand that deferred action confers absolutely no legal status to those that qualify. (AILA Doc. No. 12082251.)

The National Immigration Law Center has also compiled an exhaustive list of current state policies relating to DACA and drivers licenses.

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