Virginia DMV Will Grant Driver’s License to DREAMers Granted Deferred Action

In response to a written inquiry from the Virginia American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), the Virginia Division of Motor Vehicles confirmed that it will allow those granted Deferred Action status to get a driver’s license. A copy of the letter from the DMV can be found here on the VA-ACLU website.  Thanks to the ACLU for having DMV clarify that.  It will be interesting to see what other states do with driver’s licenses and other state programs.  Perhaps it comes as no surprise that Arizona is denying driver’s licenses to those DREAMers granted deferred action.

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  1. Most states have confirmed that a drivers license will be available to individuals with a DACA grant. You may only obtain a drivers license in your state of residence. Contact your state’s department of motor vehicles to review the specific requirements for obtaining the drivers license or state ID. A complete list of state links can be found below.
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  2. The rules in most states either list deferred action specifically as meeting a lawful presence requirement or provide that an employment authorization document is acceptable to establish eligibility for a license. Like other driver’s license applicants, DACA recipients also must provide proof of identity and age, and also meet the state residence requirements, in order to obtain a license. (For an earlier review of the state laws affecting access to driver’s licenses for DACA recipients, see our issue brief last updated June 19, 2013, Are Individuals Granted Deferred Action under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) Policy Eligible for State Driver’s Licenses? )

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