Connecticut recently became one of a group of states that will now allow illegal immigrants to obtain licenses. The law requires identification in order to receive your license. Any illegal immigrant attempted to obtain a license must show a valid passport or one that has expired in the last three years, or a consular document. The other option being one primary and one secondary for of ID of a list of options (much like for a regular license).
One worry is the cost. It is only estimated to cost $1.3 million in the first year of the program (2015) while it will bring in $4.3 million in the first two years of the program alone.
A move like this will also cut down on the amount of unlicensed and unregistered cars currently on the road. It will also, hopefully, cut down on the amount of uninsured cars, which would also cut down on medical bills being footed by the insurance of the party who was not responsible.
There is a requirement to show that you plan on becoming a citizen, so the worry about people just “using the system” can be thrown out. The person also must show proof of address wherever they decide to apply. This would not allow someone to apply in other towns if they have already been told they are not eligible (due to documentation, etc.)
One concern not seeming to be touched on by any legislative official is the concern of Customs and Immigration by the persons applying. Is there a safeguard that keeps the computers or Motor Vehicles staff from notifying Customs of an illegal immigrant? It would be interesting to see how people can get a license without triggering someone showing up at their home to deport them or even a person from Customs being at the office at taking them out of the building in handcuffs as soon as they apply.
This law does not go into effect until 2015 so there is time to work out the kinks and, hopefully, make the process run smoothly, but this will be an issue to keep an eye on.