Michigan bills would let residents apply for driver’s licenses regardless of immigration status

Prospective Michigan drivers wouldn’t have to prove their U.S. citizenship when applying for a license under legislation introduced by Democratic state lawmakers Thursday.


The Drive SAFE plan, short for Safety, Access, Freedom, and the Economy, would let any resident who meets age requirements and can prove Michigan residency obtain a state identification card or apply for a driver’s license, including immigrants living in Michigan without legal permission.


The bills- Senate Bills 631 and 632 and House Bills 5192 and 5193 - are sponsored by Sens. Stephanie Chang, D-Detroit, and Winnie Brinks, D-Grand Rapids, in the Senate and Reps. Alex Garza, D-Taylor, and Rachel Hood, D-Grand Rapids, in the House.


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