April 19, 2018. For over a decade, advocacy groups and supporters of a bill to allow undocumented immigrants to obtain driver’s licenses in New York have persistently been showing their support. The “Driver License Access and Privacy Act” would allow undocumented immigrants to obtain a driver’s license using their passport and signing an affidavit stating they have not received a social security number. Advocates cite FPI’s report, Expanding Access to Driver’s Licenses, and argue that it will help families get their children to school and medical appointments without fear.
If passed, registration fees, sales taxes and gas taxes would add an estimated $57 million in annual state and county revenues, according to the New York Immigration Coalition, an advocacy group.
An estimated 265,000 immigrants would get licenses if the law is signed, according to the Fiscal Policy Institute, a labor-backed think tank. That estimate includes 500 licenses in Binghamton,1,000 in Utica, 2,500 in Buffalo and 3,000 in Rochester.
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