Law to Give Illegal Immigrants Drivers Licenses Goes Into Effect January 1

December 20, 2013

mvaEffective January 1, 2014, the MVA will implement a new process for immigrants, presenting foreign documentation without valid accompanying United States Citizenship and Immigration Services documentation, to obtain a driver’s license, learner’s permit, moped permit or identification card (DL/ID).

Customers who are interested in obtaining one of these DL/IDs are advised to take the following steps in preparation for the new law:

  • Apply for an Individual Taxpayer Identification Number through the Internal Revenue Service,http://www.irs.gov/Individuals/General-ITIN-Information;
  • File Maryland Income Taxes for the preceding 2 years and obtain a certification letter that is needed to make an appointment and present to the MVA. Click here for more information;
  • Apply for and obtain identity documents such as a valid, current foreign passport;
  • Obtain two residency documents such as copies of a residential lease, utility bill, or bank statement; and
  • Study the Maryland Driver’s Manual  and take the Online Driver Test Tutorial to prepare for the knowledge test.

Customers presenting foreign documentation without valid accompanying United States Citizenship and Immigration Services documentation MUST schedule an appointment online to apply for a Federally Non-Compliant DL / ID.

Before you make an appointment, you must have contacted the Comptroller’s Office of Maryland to obtain  proof of Maryland income tax filings. You may obtain a certification letter by applying online here  or by making an appointment to visit one of the Comptroller’s branch offices.

You may visit the Online Document Guide to start the process for scheduling an appointment.

Also effective January 1, 2014, all Identification cards, new Type 1 GLS Learner’s permits, and any Federally Non-Compliant DL/IDs will be mailed to your Maryland residence address on file.

Please continue to check the website for the most up to date information on this new process.

Please refer to Sources of Proof for details on the required documentation and instructions on how to obtain a DL/ID under this new law.

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