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Posted: 2010-03-16 00:00:00
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Clark: Foreign IDs to Obtain State’s Driver’s License


ST. PAUL – Last week, legislation (HF11718) authored by State Representative Karen Clark was approved by the House Transportation and Transit Policy Committee, permitting people without a social security number to apply for a state driver’s license with a legitimate government identification card from another country.
“This bill was brought to me by a group in the Phillips neighborhood, Waite House’s Mujeres en Liderazgo/Women in Leadership," said Rep. Clark. “They successfully organized their first community action initiative to get driver’s licenses for undocumented persons by sharing their stories and concerns on what it’s like not to be able to have a driver’s license and therefore not be covered by car insurance. This is a public safety issue and I’m honored to sponsor this bill that will provide proper identification and make it possible to open a bank account or get car insurance – simple tasks – as long as you have an ID.”
Clark stated that four other states already allow foreign government identification as acceptable forms to obtain a driver’s license. According to Clark, “The issue of proper licensing and insurance for drivers is a separate issue from legal and illegal immigration issues. This is an issue of public safety and economic importance.”
The bill is now on its way to the House Finance Committee with a recommended referral to the House Transportation Finance and Policy Committee. A companion, SF1615, authored by Sen. Scott Dibble, awaits action the Senate Transportation and Transit Policy Committee.

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