Friday, September 21, 2007
Illegal immigrants will be able to obtain driver's licenses under a controversial new policy to be announced today by Gov. Spitzer, The Post has learned.
Under the change, the Department of Motor Vehicles will no longer require applicants provide Social Security numbers or proof that they are eligible for Social Security cards, a source said.
Instead, the DMV will accept valid foreign passports, previous state driver's licenses and other verifiable proofs of ID that would be considered on a point-based system, the source said.
Following 9/11, then-Gov. George Pataki in 2002 issued an executive order requiring driver's-license applicants to show a Social Security number to prove their residency status.
Those who oppose allowing illegal immigrants to obtain licenses argue it is a threat to national security.
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