Undocumented immigrants can apply for NJ driver's licenses starting May 1
Undocumented immigrants living in New Jersey can apply for a New Jersey driver’s license starting on May 1.
The bill approving state licenses for the immigrant population was passed in 2019 and was set to take effect on Jan. 1, 2021. But the date was pushed back because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The law created two categories of driver’s licenses and identification cards, and it allows those who are not living in the country with legal documentation to obtain a driver’s permit and driver’s license.
Advocates for the law said that allowing everyone to have a driver’s license will make the roads safer by ensuring that all drivers are properly educated on driving rules and regulations. It would also allow undocumented immigrants to obtain automobile insurance.
But opponents say that licenses should only be obtainable by those living in the country legally.