Bills would allow Michigan residents to obtain state ID, driver’s license regardless of immigration

LANSING, Mich. — Two bills introduced Tuesday by Senators Winnie Brinks (D-Grand Rapids) and Stephanie Chang (D-Detroit) would allow Michigan residents to obtain a state ID or driver’s license regardless of their immigration status. This was included in Michigan law until it was repealed in 2008.


The Drive SAFE (Safety, Access, Freedom and the Economy) bill package would apply to Michiganders who meet the definition of living in the state. In Senate Bill 433, the Secretary of State would be required to issue driver’s licenses to applicants who satisfy all other requirements for obtaining a license. Immigration status would not be taken into consideration under this bill.


While the Drive SAFE bill package would help immigrants, it would also benefit the elderly whose records were lost or not properly recorded as well as undocumented people.

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While the Drive SAFE bill package would help immigrants, it would also benefit the elderly whose records were lost or not properly recorded as well as undocumented people.

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