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NJ MVC Set To Begin Rolling Out Access To Driver’s Licenses To Undocumented Immigrants On May 1st

the staff of the Ridgewood blog

Lodi NJ, On May 1, 2021, the New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission (MVC) will begin to accept applications for standard driver’s licenses and non-driver identification cards from immigrants without federal status. This expanded license program is expected to benefit nearly 750,000 residents, including more than 400,000 undocumented New Jerseyans.

Improved and expanded access to driver’s licenses will allow immigrant New Jerseyans to drive to work, school, and go about their daily lives with better mobility and less fear of being stopped and reported to ICE, or ticketed with fees and fines for driving without a license. It will also allow immigrants to have an official state identification document that will identify them as New Jerseyans.

Implementation was delayed by 6 months during a pandemic which has slowed down and put a strain on many government services including the MVC. The delayed roll-out and impact of pandemic slowdown is expected to affect public awareness about the program and access to initial license appointments made available at local MVC agencies.

More than 400,000 immigrants without status are newly eligible to apply for a standard driver’s license. Starting on May 1st, immigrants with an Individual Taxpayer Identification Number (ITIN) can begin to apply for a driver’s license. Beginning on June 1st, those without an ITIN number will have the option to submit a signed affidavit indicating their ineligibility for an SSN in order to begin the process of applying for a driver’s license.

All individuals regardless of their status must meet the MVC’s requirements in order to earn a standard driver’s license. The NJ MVC’s Graduated Driver’s License (GDL) program requires all applicants to meet the 6-points-of-ID, proof of NJ residency, and pass the knowledge, vision, and road test in order to qualify for a standard driver’s license in New Jersey. Drivers under the age of 17 must also complete an approved behind-the-wheel driver training.


8 thoughts on “NJ MVC Set To Begin Rolling Out Access To Driver’s Licenses To Undocumented Immigrants On May 1st

  1. Thank your clueless neighbors for voting Socialists into office.

  2. Outrageous –

  3. No other country does this

  4. As it stands now, takes forever to get appointments or many things done at the DMV, CoVid backlog always blamed, I wonder what the wait will be now.

  5. These are ILLEGAL ALIENS… now please call them what they are.. ‘UNDOCUMENTED DEMOCRATS”

  6. Viva México

  7. MV centers are Awful

    Take extra 3 months and restructure

    Start with 4 year drivers licenses and 2 year renewals at same double fees

    Stop with the inspection scam

    Focus on Trucks .

  8. Agree offer the 4 year license option
    Charge more if you have too

    As in always

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