ACLU lawsuit halts NJ driver's license policy changes

TRENTON - The implementation of new rules for obtaining or renewing a New Jersey driver's license has been put on hold due to a lawsuit by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU).

Policy changes were supposed to take effect today. The ACLU says the changes constituted privacy violations.

The Motor Vehicle Commission announced the TRU-ID licensing program last year. Changes include requiring drivers to show a birth certificate, passport, Green Card, Social Security number and proof of residence. The ACLU says the changes put too much of a hardship on legal immigrants, the homeless and others.

The MVC says the plans were implemented to prevent counterfeiting and to keep terrorists from boarding planes with fake identification.

"We are extremely disappointed with the ACLU's last-minute move," said the MVC in a released statement. "The action adversely impacts over 3 million drivers and ID holders."

The ACLU-NJ and the MVC are scheduled to appear in court on Aug. 3 to present oral arguments about the matter.

Until further notice, customers visiting an agency should continue to bring six points of identification to obtain a New Jersey driver license, non-driver ID or permit, according to MVC officials. Upon presenting the proper documents, a customer will be issued a four-year document for a fee of $24.

advertisement | advertise on News 12

Trending Video

From left to right: New Jersey State Trooper 1 New Jersey state troopers help deliver baby on I-287
The Pascack Valley High School girls lacrosse team 2 HS lacrosse team 'adopts' 8-year-old fighting brain cancer
News 12 New Jersey - Weather On The 3 New Jersey Weather Forecast
Sea Cliff's Troy Ramey was voted off 'The 4 Elisa's Entertainment for 4/26
News 12 Long Island has won the regional 5 News 12 Long Island wins regional Edward R. Murrow Award

advertisement | advertise on News 12


It's good to know you have Walt Kane Kane in Your Corner

It's good to know you have Walt Kane in your corner.

News 12 takes a look at the hottest Tech Check

Eric Landskroner has a look at the latest gadgets and biggest stories in tech.

News 12 On the Scene

Check out these exclusive videos from New Jersey celebs!

Sorry to interrupt...

Your first 5 are free

Access to News12 is free for Optimum, Comcast®, Time Warner® and Service Electric℠ video customers.

Please enjoy 5 complimentary views to articles, photos, and videos during the next 30 days.