GRAND RAPIDS — Advocates are pushing for a Michigan House committee to take up bills that would restore the ability to obtain a driver’s licenses for undocumented individuals in Michigan.
A group called Drive Michigan Forward wants the House Committee on Rules and Competitiveness to take up House Bills 4835 and 4836. According to a legislative analysis of the bills, they would amend state code to allow individuals who cannot prove legal presence in the U.S. to obtain a driver’s license or other form of state ID. They would also amend the state’s definition of “resident” to remove the requirement for the individual to be legally in the U.S.
Michigan has required proof of legal residency for driver’s licenses and state IDs since 2008.