With the passing of the Driver’s License Access and Privacy Act, all New Yorkers have won access to driver’s licenses. Starting December 16, 2019, those without legal status in the U.S. may apply for a Standard NYS Driver’s License (class D, M, & E and non-CDL C only). Everyone applying for a license must undergo the same fees, classes, and pay the same fees.
Applicants will be required to apply for a learner’s permit and pass a written test. They must also take a driver’s education course and pass a road test, however, applicants who have a license from another state (not expired more than two years) can exchange their license for a NYS license without having to take the written test, driver education course, and road test.
Standard Licenses are already offered in NY. It is not a separate license for undocumented people. Many New York motorists have a standard license, which bares “Not for Federal Purposes”.
This bill allows for New Yorkers to apply for license without the requirement of a Social Security Number. It also allows for other documents, foreign and domestic, be used to establish identity.
What documents are needed?
Documents of note (this is not a complete list):
➔ Valid Foreign passports (4 points, proof of age)
➔ Valid Consular ID (4 points, proof of age)
➔ Foreign Driver's License Valid or Expired up to 24 months (4 points, proof of age)
➔ Foreign School Report Card or School Record (1 pt) - With photo (2 pts)
➔ US Municipal ID with photo (1 point, proof of residency)
➔ Tax Documents: IRS Tax Transcript, Tax Return, ITIN Issuance Letter, Wage and Income Transcript (1 pt, proof of residency)
➔ US High School ID Card with Report Card (2 pts)
For a full list visit the DMV website at:
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