January 24, 2019. For several years, advocates have sought to allow New York residents access to state driver’s licenses regarding of their immigration status. The effort has languished since 2007, when then-governor Eliot Spitzer unsuccessfully tried three times to reinstate driving licenses for non-citizens. The privilege had been rescinded in New York in part because of security concerns in the wake of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.
The Fiscal Policy Institute concluded $57 million a year in recurring revenue would be generated in New York, in addition to a one-time $27 million bump in state revenues for new driver’s licenses and registrations.
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