A 2013 law that gives driver’s licenses to illegal immigrants who reside in Colorado takes effect August 1, and the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) is already being overwhelmed by those intent on making an appointment for a license.
According to Vote Smart, SB 251 passed the Colorado Senate on May 7, 2013, with 100 percent of Democrats voting “yea” and 100 percent of Republicans voting “nay.” In the state House, every Democrat but three voted for it. Every Republican voted against it.
The Mercury News reports that the DMV’s “website for appointments had 60,000 hits in less than an hour on [July 1].”
The process is configured so that illegal immigrants make an appointment, then show up and get a license “if they can prove they live in Colorado.”
The “cost of the license for noncitizens [is] $50.50.” That represents the regular license price–$21–plus a $29.50 fee.
For now, the licenses “will be marked to note [they] are not valid for voting or as federal identification.”
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