Undocumented immigrants in Connecticut can apply for driver’s licenses starting Friday. That’s the result of a law passed in 2013. State Department of Motor Vehicles commissioner Melody Currey says the move will give licenses to many drivers who are already on Connecticut roads.
“You have a group of individuals who are presently driving on our roads in the state that are not licensed, that are not insured, and this will give them a driver’s license and the ability to seek insurance so that, God forbid, they are in a crash, they will have insurance to cover that crash,” says Currey.
Currey says the licenses in Connecticut can not be used as an identification card.
“In other words, we’re not verifying the person’s identity. We are simply saying, ‘yes you’ve passed the knowledge test to drive, and yes you’ve passed the road test. You may now drive,'” says Currey.
Currey says in between those tests, the applicants must use a learners permit for 90 days. Vermont also allows undocumented immigrants to legally drive, Massachusetts and New Hampshire do not.
Currey says about 28,000 undocumented immigrants have scheduled appointments to take the driver’s test. She says she hopes half of those pass. Last January in Nevada, officials said 90-percent of those applying under a similar program failed to pass the written test.