Idaho bill would allow undocumented immigrants to earn driver’s licenses

Legislation targeted for the Idaho Senate would allow illegal immigrants to earn state driver’s licenses, although the cards would not work for purchasing alcohol or voting. Republican Senator Jim Guthrie reasons that until the federal government addresses the country’s undocumented aliens, his bill helps to maximize that workforce vital to Idaho’s agricultural economy, in part to help remedy a shortage of farmworkers and truck drivers. The measure requires an individual residing in the U.S. illegally to renew their driver’s license every year and pass the same driving tests as an Idaho citizen. Guthrie plans to introduce his bill this month or next with the blessing of the Idaho Dairymen’s Association. New York recently passed the Driver’s License Access and Privacy Act, which allows any person over 16 years of age to apply for a state driver’s license regardless of U.S. citizenship status. (Fox Business)