Driving Together: Benefits of Allowing All New Yorkers to Apply for Licenses

February 15, 2019. Suddenly, with a new legislature in office, New York is poised to join 12 other states plus Puerto Rico and D.C. and allow undocumented immigrants to apply for driver’s licenses.A report by the Fiscal Policy Institute (FPI) estimates that 265,000 undocumented immigrants statewide would obtain driver’s licenses, including 64,000 north of New York City and 51,000 on Long Island. FPI also estimates that $57 million in annual revenue and $26 million in one-time revenue would be generated from the purchase of driver’s licenses, new cars, registrations, and sales and gas taxes. According to FPI’s report, revenues from expanding access to driver’s licenses, which would increase the number of people buying cars and purchasing licenses and registrations, would more than cover expenses to the Department of Motor Vehicles. This report is based on a ground breaking analysis from FPI released in 2017.

Click here for the full report.

Click here for a pdf of the press release.

FPI also created regional and metro area one-pagers that outline the benefits to that area, including revenue and the number of estimated undocumented immigrants who will obtain licenses:


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