AJC Position on Driver's Licenses

As adopted by the National Immigration Task Force on September 11, 2012

Because lawful immigration status is irrelevant to being a safe driver, and our roads are safer for everyone when every driver is required to pass a driving test and obtain a license, and individuals with a valid driver’s license are more likely to carry car insurance, AJC supports state legislation allowing all drivers to obtain and carry a valid driver’s license without requiring proof of lawful immigration status.

Across the United States there are individuals without lawful status driving because it is their only way of getting to work, school, and other places; for many people it is a necessary part of daily living in today’s society. Therefore, it is in all of our interest if all drivers, regardless of whether they are in lawful immigration status, pass a driving test and obtain a driver’s license so that our roads are safer for everyone.

States should not require proof of lawful status or inquire into the immigration status of an individual before granting a license. Any form of identification that conforms to federal standards for security should be sufficient proof of identification. States should take appropriate steps when granting licenses to ensure that our national security is not compromised by the use of false documentation, but requiring documentation of immigrant status is not necessary or appropriate for assuring security.

From its founding in 1906, AJC has been a strong voice in support of fair and generous treatment of immigrants, participating actively in many of the major immigration debates of our time, including our continuing strong support for immigration reforms.