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Dreamers’ Driver Licenses For Arizona Immigrants

Under the recent executive action by President Obama, young immigrants began applying for their driver’s licenses on Monday. Long lines were expected at Motor Vehicle Division offices throughout Arizona, as young undocumented immigrants planned to sign up for driver’s licenses for the first time.

Arizona was one of the last states in the country where officials refused to issue driver’s licenses to young immigrants who were brought to the U.S. illegally as children but allowed to remain under the 2012 Obama administration program. The president’s policy applies to migrant people younger than 30 who came to the U.S. before turning 16; have been living in the country for at least five continuous years; are enrolled in or have graduated from a high school or equivalent program; or have served in the military.

Arizona Motor Vehicle Division offices were scheduled to open at 8 a.m. Monday. The agency said patrons should expect longer than usual wait times than in the past. The immigrants would not be handed driver’s licenses right away as they still need to pass a written test and a road exam. About 50 percent of all prospective drivers in Arizona pass the written exam and about 75 percent pass the road test.

State officials expect the rush of applicants to continue in the weeks ahead since about 20,000 immigrants could be eligible for driver’s licenses.

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